Pro-vaping expert Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos is blasting a recent report circulating on social media claiming that vaping and e-cig vapor are laced with possibly deadly levels of arsenic. The study co-authored by researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, further claims that e-cig vapor is laced with “potentially toxic” levels of lead, chromium, nickel, and manganese. It is this creatively-worded phrase that is attracting the fury from Farsalinos.
The Johns Hopkins report was eventually picked up my nearly every major news organization in the country and began spreading like wildfire on the Internet. After hearing about the research paper, Dr. Farsalinos from the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre in Athens, Greece, took to Facebook to debunk its stated findings.
“For those asking questions about the latest study on metal emissions from e-cigarettes, here is my comment: The ‘significant amount’ of metals the authors reported they found were measured in ug/kg. In fact, they are so low that for some cases (chromium and lead) I calculated that you need to vape more than 100 ml per day in order to exceed the FDA limits for daily intake from inhalational medications.”
“The authors once again confuse themselves and everyone else by using environmental safety limits related to exposure with every single breath and apply them to vaping. However, humans take more than 17,000 (thousand) breaths per day but only 400-600 puffs per day from an e-cigarette.”
This is not the first time that researchers from Johns Hopkins have published biased anti-vaping studies, and it is not the first time that Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos has taken co-authors of such studies to task.
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In mid-2017, The American Urological Association published a report claiming that vaping increases the risks of bladder cancer. Farsalinos immediately took to his blog E-Cigarette Research to document the co-authors’ use of improper testing procedures which resulted in the intentional or unintentional manipulation of the corresponding data towards an anti-vaping bias.
In the recent Johns Hopkins study, Farsalinos points out that the average vaper would have to vape more than 100ml of e-liquid per day to achieve the “potentially toxic” levels of metallic toxins described. That’s the equivalent of vaping about 6.66 small bottles of e-liquid per day, which is almost impossible. However, the pro-vaping physician falls short of accusing the Johns Hopkins scientists of deliberately spready falsified information, although these implications seem apparent in his Facebook rebuttal.
Well done, Dr. Farsalinos. Well done!