(1) Press Release
(2) Full Document
(3) Research & Analysis
e-cigarette use is around 95% safer than smoking is based on the facts that:
- the constituents of cigarette smoke that harm health – including carcinogens – are either absent in e-cigarette vapour or, if present, they are mostly at levels much below 5% of smoking doses (mostly below 1% and far below safety limits for occupational exposure).
- the main chemicals present in e-cigarettes only have not been associated with any serious risk.
- Two recent worldwide media headlines asserted that EC use is dangerous. These were based on misinterpreted research findings: [list]
- It was reported that a high level of formaldehyde was found when e-liquid was over-heated. Failed to mention that this was heated to levels unpalatable to EC users, but there is no indication that EC users are exposed to dangerous levels of aldehydes; stressed mice poisoned with very high levels of nicotine twice daily for two weeks were more likely to lose weight and die when exposed to bacteria and viruses, but this has no relevance for human EC users.
- News Items failed to mention that the risks from fire or poisoning could be controlled through standard regulations for similar types of products, such as childproof containers and instructions about the importance of using the correct charger.