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Secondhand Smoke from E-Cigarettes Contains Toxic Metals, Researchers Say

Secondhand Smoke from E-Cigarettes

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  • While e-cigarettes were found to have 10-fold fewer carcinogenic particles in their vapor relative to smoke from conventional cigarettes, the e-cigarettes emitted higher levels of certain metals
  • Separate research found e-cigarette vapor contains metals including tin, copper, nickel, and silver, silicate beads, and nanoparticles, sometimes in amounts greater than you might be exposed to from smoking a conventional cigarette
  • Secondhand e-cigarette aerosol contains at least 10 chemicals identified on California's Proposition 65 list of carcinogens and reproductive toxins
  • Nicotine may serve as a gateway drug by priming your brain to respond to other drugs, and the effect is the same whether it comes from conventional cigarettes or e-cigarettes
  • E-cigarette advertising that reaches youth populations rose 250 percent from 2011 to 2013, to reach a total of 24 million young people

By Dr. Mercola

Conventional tobacco cigarettes contain thousands of toxic compounds, which are released – into your lungs and the surrounding air – with each puff. By now, most people are aware that standing nearby someone smoking a cigarette is not too much better than smoking one yourself, hence the rash of smoking bans that have taken place across the US in recent years.


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