The Buzz on E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes can leak toxic metals into vapers’ lungs, study suggests
USA Today (2/23, May) reported, in continuing coverage, that researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found “significant levels of highly toxic arsenic” and other potentially harmful metals, according to a study in Environmental Health Perspectives. The study’s samples also contained significant levels of chromium, manganese, nickel, and lead. Study senior author Ana María Rule, assistant scientist in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, said, “It’s important for the FDA, the e-cigarette companies and vapers themselves to know that these heating coils, as currently made, seem to be leaking toxic metals – which then get into the aerosols that vapers inhale.”

        Fox News (2/23, Dadourian) reported the research team “tested liquids in the refilling dispensers from 56 Baltimore area vapers and found potentially unsafe levels of arsenic, chromium, manganese, nickel and lead.” The results “also showed that aerosol metal concentrations were highest for e-cigarettes with more frequently changed coils.” Fox News points out that the FDA “has the authority to regulate e-cigarettes, but has not issued any rulings on the matter so far.”

U.S. News & World Report (2/23, Lardieri) reported, “Researchers are hopeful results of studies showing the harmful levels of toxic metals in e-cigarettes will help the FDA create rules to govern the devices.”

Most people believe CPR is successful more often than it really is, study suggests
Reuters (2/23, Crist) reported that research suggests most “people believe cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is successful more often than it tends to be in reality.” The findings

were published in American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Reuters added, “This overly optimistic view, which may partly stem from seeing happy outcomes in television medical dramas, can get in the way of decision-making and frank conversations about end of life care with doctors, the research team writes.”