Pes­ti­cides, poo in e-cigs

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

POO, pes­ti­cides and nico­tine are be­ing in­haled by smok­ers of nico­tine-free elec­tronic cig­a­rettes, a study has found.

Re­searchers an­a­lysed the liq­uid in e-cig­a­rettes sold on­line and over-the-counter as nico­tine-free and found 60 per cent con­tained the highly ad­dic­tive stim­u­lant. All held traces of a toxic chem­i­cal — 2chlorophe­nol — of­ten used in in­sec­ti­cides, her­bi­cides and dis- in­fec­tants. Head re­searcher Alexan­der Lar­combe said the toxin was known to ir­ri­tate hu­man air­ways and skin.

“We also found other things — by-prod­ucts of an­i­mal or hu­man bod­ily func­tions — which in­di­cates the process of mak­ing the e-liq­uids might not be as clean as you might hope,” Pro­fes­sor Lar­combe said. The study was pub­lished in the Med­i­cal Jour­nal of Aus­tralia.

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