Last month ended with all eyes on e-cigarettes when the University of California spotted in them cancer-causing chemicals. This study has so far discredited the idea that e-cigs are less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
The San Francisco study examined samples of urine from 104 teenagers, among them; 67 were strict e-cig smokers, 17 used both e-cigs and traditional cigarettes, and 20 were non-smokers. According to the reports, teenagers who used both forms of tobacco had compounds with toxicity levels three times the ones who used electronic cigarettes. Also as expected, teenage e-cig smokers also recorded toxicity levels three times than the group who didn’t vape or smoke.
The results, however, failed to disclose whether the electronic cigarettes have nicotine or not. But Mark Rubinstein of the University of California sited that the vape in electronic cigarettes is not merely nontoxic water vapor insisting that they contain some harmful substances found in the regular cigarettes. According to the findings of this study, it’s the flavor preservatives, i.e., propylene glycol and glycerin found in the non-nicotine e-cigs that makes them toxic.
This study has made it clear that while e-cig companies have used the concept that vapes are a safer way of consuming tobacco than traditional cigarettes, they also pose a high risk to users. However, the truth hasn’t come to light yet as studies on e-cig abuse have been quite inconclusive. And though electronic cigs have helped several nicotine addicts adults stop consuming tobacco products, there has been a notable rise in the number of teenagers who smoke since they hit the market. So are e-cigs really saving or taking more lives?
The bottom line
According to market analysts, these findings have caused panic among retailers running legit electronic cigarette merchant accounts. Who knows if this new results will scare away e-cig freaks and taint the reputation of this lucrative industry? Or will Electronic cigarette industries better their product by eliminating these harmful elements? If that’s possible, then the e-cig industry may still stand a good chance in the tobacco market.
Author Bio: Electronic payments expert Blair Thomas co-founded eMerchantBroker, a leading electronic cigarette merchant account provider serving both traditional and high-risk merchants. His passions include producing music, and traveling to far off exotic places.