FDA Finds Carcinogens & Toxins in Electronic Cigarettes

by: cancercompass

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expressed concern about using electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as a method to quit smoking.

A new analysis by the FDA found e-cigarettes contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals, including diethylene glycol, a common ingredient in anti-freeze. ACS reports these concerns about toxicity and the use of these e-cigarettes as a quit-smoking method led the commissioner of food and drugs to say "The FDA is concerned about the safety of these products and how they are marketed to the public."

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices containing cartridges with varying levels of nicotine to simulate conventional cigarette smoking. They were first produced in China five years ago and come in a variety of flavors.

The FDA report found inconsistencies between 2 leading e-cigarette brands after analyzing 18 cartridge samples.

ACS has published a Guide to Quitting Smoking for anyone seeking help with their habit.