A report three years ago that came out of Portland State University revealed that there were previously unknown forms of formaldehyde in the vapor of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that create the feeling of smoking tobacco, though they do not contain tobacco. E-cigarette use is sometimes called “vaping.” Recently, the original scientists reviewed their findings and discovered that the formaldehyde risks were even higher than they thought.
It turns out that e-cigarette vapors can contain the newly discovered forms of formaldehyde that are five times higher than the levels of formaldehyde in tobacco cigarettes. This discovery was made while the e-cigarettes were set at the high end of the devices’ heat settings.
Formaldehyde: A Known Carcinogen
The compounds of formaldehyde that were discovered recently are bound to particulates in e-cigarette aerosols. This means they can become more deeply deposited in the lungs than gaseous formaldehyde. Both gaseous formaldehyde and the newly discovered compounds were detected at limits that are above federal limits. This occurred even when the commonly used lower heat settings were used.
More than 9 million Americans were using e-cigarettes in 2016. That number includes over 2 million middle school and high school users. It has been proven that long-term exposure to formaldehyde is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers.
If you have used a product that exposed you to a toxic substance, and suffered harm as a result, please call the New Jersey product liability lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-384-1331. You can also contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to recover the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, and we represent clients throughout the state of New Jersey.