Pes­ti­cides, poo in cigs

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Drugs Scourge -

POO, pes­ti­cides and nico­tine are be­ing in­haled by smok­ers of nico­tine-free elec­tronic cig­a­rettes, a study pub­lished in the Med­i­cal Jour­nal of Aus­tralia has found.

Re­searchers have an­a­lysed the liq­uid in e-cig­a­rettes sold on­line and over-the-counter as nico­tine-free and found 60 per cent con­tained the stim­u­lant.

All held traces of a toxic chem­i­cal called 2-chlorophe­nol which is com­monly used in in­sec­ti­cides and dis­in­fec­tants.

Head re­searcher Alexan­der Lar­combe said he was sur­prised to find the toxin as it can ir­ri­tate the skin and air­ways.

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