Vape Pens Release Lead & Toxic Metals According To New Study

Vape Pens Release Lead & Toxic Metals According To New Study

Talking about vaping among the younger generation, PTI quoted senior author, Ana María Rule as saying, "It's important for the FDA, the e-cigarette companies, and vapers themselves to know that these heating coils, as now made, seem to be leaking toxic metals-which then get into the aerosols that vapers inhale". Most important, the scientists showed that the metal contamination carried over to the aerosols produced by heating the e-liquids. It found that toxic metals, including lead, leaked from a significant number of the heating coils of e-cigarette devices and were inhaled by users. They looked for 15 different metals including lead, chromium, nickel and manganese, which are the most risky, according to Rule.

During the study, researchers had worked on the sample which tells that the concentrations are higher than the limits based according to health habits by the EPA.

However, the source of the lead and how metals get into the surrounding e-liquid remains a mystery. They also tell that this exposure can give rise to cardiovascular diseases, brain damage and to cancer as well.

"We don't know yet whether metals are chemically leaching from the coil or vaporizing when it's heated", said Ana María Rule, an assistant scientist in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Bloomberg School.

A new study discovered critical traces of metals, for example, lead leak from e-cigarette heating coils into the vapor.

They found that significant numbers had unsafe levels of the toxins leaking into their vapour.

But recent studies have found some e-cigarette flavours contain toxins that harm the body and another found vaping leaves people more susceptible to pneumonia.

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The study, published Wednesday in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives by researchers from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, sampled 56 vape devices.

The study's authors hope that their findings will prompt the FDA to regulate e-cigs for the presence of these toxic chemicals, as evidence mounts that vaping is not a risk-free endeavor.

E-liquid is relatively cheap, and the vapor generally doesn't linger like smoke and bother others.

The next step, Rule said in a release from Johns Hopkins, is to get to the bottom of whether these metals are harmful or not - and to present that data to regulators so they can make informed decisions.

An estimated three million people in the United Kingdom and 10 million in the U.S. use e-cigarettes.

Rule and her team are now planning further studies of vaping and metal exposures, with particular attention to their impacts on people.

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