A recent report in the New York Times managed to get all the facts wrong.
THOMAS H. MAUGH stated that:
1. 19 varieties of electronic cigarettes were analysed.
WRONG: Two varieties were analysed in the FDA report.
2. Many contained diethylene glycol (see diethylene glycol in electronic cigarettes).
WRONG: One contained diethylene glycol.
3. Half contained nitrosamines (the same carcinogen found in real cigarettes).
THE FULL STORY: Yes – but to find these they had to test at 40 parts per trillion. What was not mentioned is that cigarettes contain 300 – 1400 times the amount of nitrosamines contained in electronic cigarettes. (See a comparison by Professor Michael Siegel.)
The question is, is this just lazy journalism, or are journalists part of a concerted campaign to discredit the alternative to a product that kills hundred of thousands of people every year.