Are you previously a chain-smoker until e-cigarettes came into the market and immediately switched to it? What a relief, wasn’t it?
But hey, now a team of researchers from the Japaneses Health Ministry disclosed that the vapor was found to contain carcinogens like formaldehyde and cetaldehyde. Formaldehyde was verified to be 10 times more than the traditional tobacco-filled cigarettes.
The finding debunks the marketing strategy that e-cigarette is a safe option to smoking and not a threat to human health.
The National Institute of Public Health received the report on Thursday from the team headed by researcher Naoki Kunugita. The agency will be examining the results to develop ways to regulate e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes work by heating flavored liquid, which often contains nicotine, and creating a vapor.
It must be recalled that in August, the World Health Organization urged the governments to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, saying the devices represent a “serious threat” to unborn babies and young people. WHO afterwards called to ban e-cigarettes in indoor spaces.
As of 2014 electronic cigarettes have not been approved for helping people quit smoking by any government. In July 2014, a report produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, found there was not enough evidence to determine if electronic cigarettes can help people quit smoking.
France was quick to act on the WHO advise that a month later it introduced a ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in schools, on public transport, and in enclosed workplaces.
The Indian state of Punjab has recently banned e-cigarettes in its move to curb smoking.