Back in 2015, the New England Journal of Medicine published a report that wrongly concluded that vape smoke contained chemicals like formaldehyde. This set off a firestorm of rumors and false reports, often cited when trying to scaremonger or smear vaping. Now, a new CDC study finally has cleared vaping’s name and proves once and for all that e cig vapor has no more formaldehyde (or other toxic chemicals) than the average room in the US. The average room in America actually contains MORE formaldehyde than e cig vapor.
New CDC Study Details
A prominent doctor and researcher, Dr. Konstantnos Farsalinos, studied this topic over the last three years and came to the same conclusions as the new CDC study. In order to measure the levels of formaldehyde and other chemicals in e cig vapor, the new CDC study gathered air samples from a vape shop where customers and employees were heavily vaping. It was a small, non-ventilated area where almost all the employees and 13 customers were heavily vaping. The samples came back with no measurable concentrations of formaldehyde or other toxins.
The paper compiled by the new CDC study is called “Evaluation of Chemical Exposures at a Vape Shop”, and can be viewed here.
This study, and another one by the California Department of Public Health which had the same results, are not touted and are not being given enough attention. Despite the smear campaigns against the vape industry and all the negative press, any time something positive comes out, it gets swept under the rug. This is especially harmful because vaping is an amazing form of harm reduction which will, in fact, save countless lives and extend them by dozens of years. It’s important to spread this positive and affirming information about vaping, because of the fear mongering going on against the industry right now.
As vapers, we need to be our own advocates. We are working against the powers that be (Big Pharma, FDA, Big Tobacco), who are actively trying to see our industry fail for their own selfish reasons. The best way to do this is through information and education. Unfortunately, the studies coming out are skewed and the ones that do end up showing favorable results are often swept under the rug. Use common sense and research, and share positive news about vaping that you come across. Make sure to debunk myths you hear, because we need to advocate for ourselves first and foremost.
**The opinions expressed by the author of this post are not affiliated with Mt Baker Vapor**
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