ECBlend is committed, with our business practices, partners and associations, to voluntarily develop and conduct tests and modeling to determine the potential health and environmental affects of its products.
We are working on identifying and determining the specific levels of exposure that produce these effects, in particular the level at which no adverse effect is observed.
Formaldehyde: These types of studies and developing accurate tests is a continuing effort by ECBlend, the FDA and scientists worldwide throughout the industry.
A recently released article in the NEJM showing high voltage vaping creating formaldehyde, a carcinogen, has been questioned by experts such as Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos, who says there are major issues in the way the research was performed and the results published.
[Reuters article, January 21, 2015] David Abrams, executive director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at the anti-tobacco group Legacy, said he was concerned the study would be taken out of context "in the worst possible way." For most vapers who use e-cigarettes as intended, he said, the findings show "there are non-detectable levels of formaldehyde ... which means people can use them to help them quit smoking lethal cigarettes." (Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Richard Chang)
[Greg Gutfield, FoxNews, January 23, 2015] According to experts, the researchers found that vaping produces lots of formaldehyde, but only if you overheat the system. Meaning: If you use the device wrongly, in a way that a user can't even tolerate, then it's harmful.
[Dr. Konstatino Farsalinos, Ecigarette-research.com, January 22-23, 2015]
The deception of measuring formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosol: the difference between laboratory measurements and true exposure
Our team is currently working on identifying the temperature of the dry-puff phenomenon and evaluating the levels of aldehydes released at those temperatures as well as in temperatures associated with conventional vaping. We will have the results available in a few months, and we hope that this will end the speculation. Until that time, everyone should understand that measuring aldehydes in e-cigarette aerosol in the lab can be deceptive and is not necessarily associated with exposure of vapers to such levels.
As mentioned in my previous comment about the formaldehyde study published in NEJM, it is very important to identify which atomizer was used and what energy levels (watts) were applied to the atomizer in order to understand whether the findings were associated with overheating.
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