Unfortunately, I missed the furor which surrounded the recent French study as I was away on holiday.
In case you missed it, details from an unpublished French study on electronic cigarettes were sent to the press, leading to articles like:
Fortunately, what details have been released has been analysed by people like Dr Konstantinos from ecig research and Tom Pruen from ECITA, and this post draws heavily on their expert views.
Although the study has not been published or peer reviewed, scientists have been able to analyse the data that has been released. Not only are the levels found not of a concern, they compare favourable to cigarettes and nicotine inhalers, as can be seen below:
- The study has not been released, or peer reviewed.
- All harmful ingredients detected were well below those that can be found in tobacco smoke.
- A previous study which found similar level of chemicals declared the quantities found were below daily threshold limits (see Professor Carl Phillip’s analysis here for further information.)
- Information that has been released has already been criticised by scientists.
- No mention was made of the laboratory used.
- There was no information on the devices used, although the fact there were no safety caps suggests it is not a reputable brand.
Ultimately, though, enough information has been released for scientists like Dr K Farsolinos to draw the conclusion that the results are not a cause for concern – but the way they have been misrepresented is.
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