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New study indicates trace metals in e-cig vapor are the same as those of everyday air

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Researchers from two American universities have released the results of a new vaping study that may finally put to rest previous claims made by the FDA and the CDC regarding the alleged dangers of e-cig toxicity. After months of focused research, scientists from William Carey University (WCU) in Missouri and Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) of Tennessee have concluded that the vapor from e-cigs and vape mods contains no more trace metals than every day, ambient air.

However, conventional cigarettes remain highly metallic and infinitely more toxic.

The researchers are also not afraid to admit that the vapor from e-cigs does contain higher levels of nicotine. However, they also make clear that ingesting nicotine is not really a cause to start sounding the alarm bells.

Nicotine ingestion is quite normal because this chemical is easily found in many of our vegetables and fruits, including eggplant, tomatoes, and potatoes, just to name a few. It’s the tar and thousands of noxious chemicals that lace the conventional tobacco cigarette that can kill you.

Trace metals are not dangerous or consistent

The new study recently published in the online medical journal Frontiers in Physiology also makes note of some additional interesting facts. When conducting their measurements of trace metals found in both e-cig vapor and conventional cigarettes, the scientists discovered that the levels of toxicity can vary depending on several factors.

  • If the temperature of the heating coil is increased, then more trace metals can appear.
  • Different coil materials produce different levels and types of trace metals.
  • And the infiltration systems of both the vaping device and the comparative tobacco cigarette can also come into play.

What this means is that the vaping community as well as the general, non-smoking public must be very careful when reading and sharing articles about e-cig studies. Many such articles being created and dispersed by the FDA, the CDC, and other anti-vaping organizations often fail to inform the reader of the specific parameters of the study.

For example, any e-cig study can easily produce exaggerated data of trace metals if the heating coil is turned up to impossibly high temperatures. The same can be true if the coil is made from a lesser-quality material or if the infiltration system of the vaping device is modified in some strange way. Always read the fine print of these “e-cig studies” because there is a great deal of bogus information floating around online.

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