More research tries to link e-cigs to formaldehyde


A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine has tried linking e-cigs and vaping to dangerous levels of formaldehyde and much like the Japanese study before it, it exaggerates the actual danger.

Once again one might be inclined to read just the headline that states ‘E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde’, read no further and think that’s all there is to the story. Once again however the true details are buried deep within the article.

From the ninth and tenth paragraphs in the article…

“We simulated vaping by drawing the vapor — the aerosol — into a syringe, sort of simulating the lungs,” Peyton says. That enabled the researchers to conduct a detailed chemical analysis of the vapor. They found something unexpected when the devices were dialed up to their highest settings.

“To our surprise, we found masked formaldehyde in the liquid droplet particles in the aerosol,” Peyton says.

That’s like saying “when we turned up the volume on a TV to the highest level we found evidence of hearing damage”. No one cranks it up to the highest setting. Not only that but what brand of e-cigs or e-juice did they test? What goes for one brand does not mean it happens for all brands across the board.

Hell, I may be biased since vaping has helped me quit smoking after 30 years but I just can’t understand why so many people are trying to discredit a method that has helped so many people get off cigarettes where most other methods have failed.

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  1. Scott W.

    I read the article too. Seemed like most articles that lack any real hard, in-depth evidence. Perhaps some of the folks that hit the hard, high voltage mods, but at the same time they never seem to name the brands of e-juice used or their country of origin. All the the rest each articles are always so vague. I’m going on 4 months. In that four months I’ve smoked a few cigarettes here and there in the first two months, but haven’t had any since before Thanksgiving. Now I hate the smell of them more than I ever have in the previous times quitting. The last few times I have quit for long periods of time I have always had the urge for the taste and feel of a smoke. With vaping, I no longer have that urge.

    1. Trench Reynolds

      Welcome brother.

  2. Schmelly

    You know that article has a link to the actual “letter” or study that it is referring to, it isn’t hard to get the information you are looking for if you actually follow the links provided instead of just reading the information presented in the article itself


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