One of the most damaging and feared components in traditional cigarettes is formaldehyde, known to be one of the main cargenoids contained in tobacco because of its combustion. And according to a recent study, it has also been detected in the vapor of electronic cigarettes. At least that reveals a recent article published in the New York Times. According to the study, formaldehyde could reach levels "close to conventional cigarette smoking," although they do not specify how "close" they could get. It is worth remembering that the liquid used in electronic cigarettes contains only nicotine, water, vegetal clicerina and propylene glycol. No formaldehyde. And of course, there is no combustion. But according to scientists, it could be generated in special cases, such as when users of electronic cigarettes modify their systems to give it more power, which would create a "micro-combustion" of the metals exposed in the parts of electronic cigarettes. The point is, they do not even know if this is a common phenomenon or only very isolated cases. This makes us think that the levels of said carcinogen are not really that high in electronic cigarettes, but still so many people are terrified of knowing his existence. Let's see an explanation to clarify things.
What is formaldehyde? Formaldehyde is a colorless gas with a fairly strong odor, consisting of a carbon atom, two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom, CH2O . It has very powerful antibacterial and antifungic properties. Many textile industries use formaldehyde in their production processes. It is used to create resins and adhesives found in products such as plywood. Carpet manufacturers use. Non-woven fabrics contain formaldehyde. Facial tissues, paper towels, napkins, paints, insulation foams all use formaldehyde. Perhaps its most famous use is in embalming, preserving dead tissues, at least for a short time.
With manufacturing everywhere and the use of this chemical, questions about your safety arise naturally. OSHA has broader rules on safe use and health effects. Acute short-term exposure to large amounts can be fatal. Long-term chronic exposure to inhaled or topical formaldehyde may cause respiratory disease, skin irritation and has long been a possible carcinogen. In 2011, the US government Changed its name from a "reasonable probability" of causing cancer in humans, based on animal cancer studies, to "known carcinogen." However, these health problems are mainly a risk for people who regularly work with large, industrial amounts of the substance; Which are exposed to much higher levels than the rest of us.
How are we exposed? I will not enter the industrial exhibition, as it does not apply to most of us, but in addition to releasing gas products such as carpets, upholstery and fuels , Formaldehyde is everything around us. The NIH report on cancer, 12th edition, profile of formaldehyde states found in the "air, soil, food, treated and bottled drinking water, surface water and groundwater." Our main route of exposure is breathing it, indoors or outdoors. Much of this inhaled formaldehyde comes from automobile exhaust, tobacco smoke, power plants, forest fires, and wood stoves. Outdoors, we are exposed to anywhere from 0 to 100 parts per billion (ppb) every day. Interior, which can be as much as 500 to 2000 ppb (temporary housing, as used after Hurricane Katrina measured 3-590 ppb). To a lesser extent, we ingest it in our food and water (the average American diet contains about 10 - 20mg of formaldehyde from things like apples, carrots, pears, milk, etc.), as well as some exposition through the Cosmetics.