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There Is Toxic Fungus in E-Cigs

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • After an examination of 75 popular vaping cartridges, researchers found 27% contained traces of an endotoxin found on gram-negative bacteria and 81% contained glucan, a compound found in the cell walls of most fungi
  • The meteoric rise in the number of teens vaping has overshadowed traditional tobacco use, which may have resulted from a combination of peer pressure, highly addictive nicotine in the product and an assortment of fruity flavors with a smooth nicotine "hit"
  • Data demonstrate teens who start vaping are more likely to move to traditional cigarettes, and results from an animal study show those exposed to nicotine during adolescence have a greater risk of engaging in other addictive behavior
  • Toxins from vaping also affect bystanders who have similar levels of cotinine (a measure of nicotine absorbed by the body) as those exposed to secondhand traditional smoke
  • The secret to quitting smoking is to first get healthy, making it mentally and physically easier to kick the habit

Smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes takes a large toll on health. They contain thousands of toxic chemicals that are released into your lungs and the air with every puff. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls it the “single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.”

Traditional combustible cigarettes kill more than 480,000 Americans every year. In addition, smoking-related illness creates a financial burden of more than $300 billion, including direct medical care and lost productivity.


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