VAPING AND EXPOSURE TO METALS – DR FARSALINOS SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT
Some of the latest sensationalist vaping news has seen newspapers claim that vapers are being exposed to toxic metals. As you would imagine, these vaping headlines are overblown and based on misinterpreted data.
A study was conducted and published in Environmental Health Perspectives. The study claimed that there could be potentially unsafe levels of arsenic, chromium, manganese, nickel and lead found in e-cigarettes.
The conclusion came as lead authors proposed that these metals were leaking from heated coils. According to the authors, repeated inhalation of these metals has been linked to a number of cancers and brain conditions. A leading scientist and public health expert has explained that the levels found in realistic vaping conditions are very low. Much lower than the limits set out by the FDA.
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos’ response
Dr Farsalinos is a leading research scientist and public health expert. He has conducted considerable amounts of research into e-cigarettes and has had his say on this study. Farsalinos explained that the levels of metals were well below the FDA limits as he stated:
“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.”
He also went on to reiterate his ongoing argument that authors are misinterpreting their findings. He said:
“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.”
We continue to see these irresponsible pieces of research circulate the vaping sector. The data found is being misinterpreted in nearly all cases. This does no favours for public health as it spreads unfair misinformation about vaping.
This undoubtedly contributes towards the inaccurate perception throughout the UK of vaping and its effects. Positive vaping campaigns from public health organisations are helping to fight against these headlines. We hope to see the well conducted and reliable research on e-cigarettes shine through above the misinformed scare stories.