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New report explores misconceptions, dangers of e-cigarettes

May 24, 2019 - 4:00 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There’s more disturbing news about e-cigarettes.

A large number of people do not understand that e cigarettes are terribly harmful, just like traditional cigarettes.

According to a new report, American adults are more likely to use e-cigarettes at home with children around even if the children have asthma.

The problem is e-cigarette users think the aerosols they release are harmless water vapors.

What users don’t seem to realize is that e-cigarettes contain aerosols. These aerosols contain compounds including volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde, nicotine, heavy metals and high ultrafine particles.

The problem is not going to go away, and many tobacco companies working to develop e-cigarettes. Education about the dangers is necessary.