In the latest news a team from Portland State University experimented with a machine that “inhaled” e cigarette vapor at a low voltage and a high voltage to see if and how much formaldehyde was produced by heating the e liquid used in the e cigarettes.
The research found that when the machine operated at the low, no formaldehyde was recorded however when it was cranked up to the highest setting the organic compound was detected.
How Reliable Is The Study?
The thing is just how reliable is this study? Well according to the researchers formaldehyde is produced BUT only if you overheat the system. Which basically put is if you use the device wrongly and inappropriately then yes you will get the cancer causing organic compound. This kind of ‘research’ is damaging as it is very misleading. Take water for example, following similar suit to this ‘research’ we could do our own little bit of ‘research’ and test to see if water consumption can lead to fatality. To start off our test we would give our first person 3 litres of water in a day and record that during this experiment water didn’t have a fatal effect. Next we would make the subject drink gallons of water in a short time frame and then record the results. Interesting…the individual suffered from water intoxication which must mean that water is bad for us. I can read the headlines now…”Latest Study – Water Is Lethal, Don’t Drink”.
I am all for scientific research but when the results are manufactured and twisted in such a way that you can engineer a story that makes a device that has been proven to help smokers quit then something is wrong.
The interesting thing is since the release of this research, the study author, James Pankow, is already backtracking telling NBC “We are not saying e-cigs are more hazardous than cigarettes” and even went as far as to say they should have provided more context but were in a rush to get it out.
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