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E-Cig Vapor Tested Positive for Lead and Arsenic in New Study

The hits just keep on coming for vapers and companies that cater to the “healthy” alternative to smoking. The latest bombshell comes from Environmental Health Perspectives with news that “suggests that the very act of vaping might be exposing people to unsafe levels of toxins like lead and arsenic.”

In a recent study, researchers at John Hopkins University found elevated levels lead, chromium, nickel, manganese, and zinc in the e-liquid that’s heated into an aerosol. Lead, chromium, and nickel are considered toxic in any form, and manganese and zinc can be dangerous if inhaled. Researchers have pegged the metal coil that heats up the e-liquid as the most responsible for exposing users the dangerous toxins. Senior author Ana María Rule made the case clear that the heating coil is the main culprit stating, “…heating coils, as currently made, seem to be leaking toxic metals—which then get into the aerosols that vapers inhale…”

What the John Hopkins University researchers are not saying is that vaping is just as dangerous as smoking. Scientists do believe “using e-cigarettes instead of conventional cigarettes may result in less exposure to cadmium…” And vaping as opposed to smoking cigarettes may in fact be a useful method to ultimately quit smoking, but that doesn’t mean people that vape aren’t exposing themselves to other toxic chemicals commonly found in tobacco.

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