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Electronic Cigarettes Contain Higher Levels of Toxic Metal
Nanoparticles Than Tobacco Smoke
If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably seen the relatively new electronic
cigarettes on the market. Maybe you’ve even tried them in an attempt to quit
your cigarette habit.
My mom has been a smoker for over sixty years and I really don't hassle
her about it because she is not taking any medications, has a really great
diet and uses a device to poke holes in her cigarettes that reduces the
amount of smoke she inhales by 95%.
I have learned that it is best to allow her to have this one vice and
help control the other variables, which are far more damaging to her health,
but she also recently asked me about the electronic cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes are touted as a safer, cleaner alternative to
smoking, but new research suggests there’s more to the equation than meets
While they may not expose you to the thousands of toxic compounds in the
average conventional cigarette, they do contain hazardous chemicals -- and in
some ways these entirely manmade ‘tobacco alternatives’ may be even more
dangerous to your health than regular cigarettes.
How do Electronic Cigarettes Work?
When you take a puff of an electronic cigarette – which one in five
current smokers have tried -- a battery heats up a liquid that contains a
flavoring (such as tobacco, menthol, cherry, vanilla, or java), a humectant
(typically propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin) and, sometimes, nicotine.
As you inhale, you get a “dose” of flavored nicotine without the
chemicals typically produced from burning tobacco. You also get the oral
satisfaction of bringing a cigarette-like device to your mouth, which other
nicotine replacements, such as the patch or gum, do not offer. While this
sounds safer than traditional smoking, the short- and long-term health
effects of electronic cigarettes are not entirely understood.
To date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detected a
potentially deadly antifreeze chemical called diethylene glycol in an
electronic cigarette cartridge, along with tobacco-specific nitrosamines,
which are linked to cancer. In the latest study, researchers hypothesized
that since electronic cigarettes contain various metal components, so too
might the aerosol that you inhale, and their hypothesis turned out to be
Electronic Cigarettes Contain Toxic Metal Nanoparticles
After testing the aerosol from a leading manufacturer of electronic
cigarettes, it was found to contain metals including tin, copper, nickel and
silver, silicate beads and nanoparticles. In some cases, such as in the case
of tin particles, the amounts were greater than you might be exposed to from
smoking a conventional cigarette. The researchers concluded:
“Cartomizer aerosol from a leading manufacturer of EC [electronic
cigarette] contained metals, silicate beads, and nanoparticles. Poor solder
joints appear to have contributed to the presence of tin in the aerosol. In
cytotoxicity tests, cartomizer fluid containing tin particles inhibited
attachment and survival of hPF [human pulmonary fibroblasts].
Other metals likely came from the wires (copper, nickel, silver) and
other metal components used in the cartomizers, while silicate particles
appeared to come from the fiberglass wicks.
While the outer fibers filtered out many of the tin particles,
significant amounts of tin, other metals, and silicate beads escaped into the
aerosol and would result in human exposure, in some cases probably greater
than a conventional cigarette user would experience.” [emphasis added]
The effects of toxic metal exposures can range from subtle symptoms to
serious diseases. Since metals build up in your body over time, symptoms are
often attributed to other causes and people often don't realize that they
have been affected by metals until it's too late. Further, once metals build
up in your body they can cause irreversible damage.
Why Breathing in Metal Nanoparticles May be Dangerous
Adding to the potential risks are nanoparticles, which, due to their
ultramicroscopic size, can easily enter your bloodstream, blood vessels and
other body tissues, causing unknown consequences. As written by Sayer Ji,
founder of GreenMedInfo.com:
“One of the unintended, adverse consequences of nanotechnology in
general is that by making a substance substantially smaller in size than
would occur naturally, or though pre-nanotech production processes, the
substance may exhibit significantly higher toxicity when in nanoparticle
Contrary to older toxicological risk models, less is more: by
reducing a particle's size the technology has now made that substance capable
of evading the body's natural defenses more easily, i.e. passing through
pores in the skin or mucous membranes, evading immune and detoxification
mechanisms that evolved millions of years before the nanotech era.
For example, when nickel particles are reduced in size to the
nanometer range (one billionth of a meter wide) they may actually become more
toxic to the endocrine system as now they are capable of direct molecular
interaction with estrogen receptors in the body, disrupting their normal
structure and function. Moreover, breathing these particles into the lungs,
along with other metals, ethylene glycol and nicotine produces a chemical
concoction exhibiting synergistic toxicity, i.e. the toxicity of the whole is
higher than the sum of their parts.”
Graphic Warning Labels Won’t be Mandated for Cigarette Packages
Conventional cigarettes obviously carry significant health risks of their
own, and some of these were intended to be displayed prominently on cigarette
packages. But the FDA’s campaign to put such graphic images of people dying
from smoking-related disease, as well as other gruesome images portraying the
health damages of smoking, on cigarette packages has been abandoned. Instead,
the Agency said it plans to revise package labels with less-shocking
The graphic label images surely would have created a much larger market
for electronic cigarettes as more people became motivated to quit. But
tobacco companies filed lawsuits over the campaign, claiming it was not
simply providing factual information but rather was promoting an anti-smoking
agenda. A US District Court later ruled that the graphic-image mandate would
violate the US Constitutions free speech amendment.
God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513