Lab tests suggest some e-cigarette use may release high levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde

January 21, 2015 10:02 PM

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Lab tests suggest some e-cigarette use may release high levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde

Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest.

The research does not prove a health risk — it involved limited testing on just one brand of e-cigarettes and was done in test tubes, not people. It also does not mean e-cigarettes are better or worse than regular ones; tobacco smoke contains dozens of things that can cause cancer.

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