E- cigarettes have always been said to be healthier than normal cigarettes, but is that actually the case? A study has found that these popular devices leak harmful metals, some of them highly toxic.
E- cigarettes work by heating up flavoured liquids which sometimes contain nicotine and rather than releasing smoke, they release aerosols. It has been found that people who use E-cigarettes may have a higher risk of cancer and cardiovascular problems, as well as certain E-cigarette flavours being particularly toxic. Some of the metal comes from the heating of the coils inside the E-cigarette leaking toxic metals which then get into the aerosols that people inhale, however it is not confirmed yet where the other metal comes from.
The metals found which cause for concern are manganese, lead, nickel and chromium, all of which have been linked with important health risks, including cancer, brain damage, and disorders of the respiratory system.
“We’ve established with this study that there are exposures to these metals, which is the first step,” says Rule, adding that there is a “need also to determine the actual health effects.”