Last month the New England Journal of Medicine published a study reporting formaldehyde in e-cig vapor. Below are just a couple of the hundreds of responses rebutting the study. I’ve reviewed the study and many of responses and am convinced the findings are fundamentally wrong and for some very simple reasons, obvious to any person who uses e-cigs. The study used e-cigs in a way nobody would ever desire to: They excessively burned the vapor. Before you get struck with fear that a person might make the same mistake consider this. Carcinogens are produced when burning a steak on the grill and yet nobody would suggest this a health hazard. The reason is simple. Burned steak tastes terrible. The same is true for burned e-cig vapor. E-cig users refer to this as a “dry hit” and know full well it tastes terrible and means something is wrong.
- From The American Vaping Association
“This study is largely a retread of others that have shown that vapor products, when tested with a machine under unrealistic device settings that do not mimic actual human behavior, can produce high levels of carbonyls like formaldehyde.”
Full post here: American Vaping Association – Spreading Fear and confusion with misleading formaldehyde studies
- From Clive Bates Counterfactual:
“Another alarmist and deeply misleading story about formaldehyde and e-cigarettes has now emerged in the New England Journal of Medicine: Jensen et al Hidden Formaldehyde in E-cigarette Aerosols.This experiment operated the vaping device at a such a high temperature that it produced thermal breakdown products (so-called dry puff conditions), but no user would ever be able to use it this way – the vapour would be too acrid.”
Full post here: Clive Bates Conterfactual
At the end of the day, if this study causes non-smokers to stay away from e-cigs I would declare it a victory. My concern is that it will cause many smokers to shy away from an option that might well save their lives.