Tuesday, October 15, 2013

E-Cigarette WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

10 chemicals identified so far in e-cigarettes vapor that are on the California Prop 65 list of carcinogens and
reproductive toxins:

In the state of California exists Proposition 65.  It is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.  It was enacted as a ballot initiative in November of 1986.  What the Proposition was designed to do was to protect Californians and their drinking water from chemicals already known to cause things like cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm.  It was also set up to inform citizens when and where they may be exposed to these chemicals.

One of the requirements of Prop 65 is that the Governor is to publish, at least once a year, a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or have reproductive "toxicity."

For products that contain these chemicals on the Prop 65 list, they are required to carry the following warning in California:

"WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm."

So, guess what?  The compounds listed below are on the Prop 65 list AND have already been identified in mainstream or secondhand (sidestream) e-cigarette vapor:

Acetaldehyde (MS)
Benzene (SS)
Cadmium (MS)
Formaldehyde (MS,SS)
Isoprene (SS)
Lead (MS)
Nickel (MS)
Nicotine (MS, SS)
N-Nitrosonornicotine (MS, SS)
Toluene (MS, SS)

The take away is this, E-cigarettes do not deliver just "pure nicotine" and "harmless water vapor."  Just consider this.  In the first half of the 20th Century, cigarettes were smoked by doctors.  Tobacco as a product in cigars and pipes was used and people rolled their own cigarettes, but it wasn't until the late 19th and early 20th century that mass production of cigarettes made it incredibly easy to smoke and since no real long term effects had been seen or observed, people just assumed cigarettes were "OK."

You know the old saying, those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it.  Look at the history of the cigarette and the roll advertising and marketing played in the explosion of death that followed and consider what's happening now in the highly unregulated world of electronic cigarettes.  Watch how many people are blinded by their addiction and then follow the money.  Big tobacco is in a relentless attempt to hedge themselves and they are following the exact same pattern that worked so incredibly well once.

Please good citizens of planet earth, don't fall for it a second time.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice...  you know the rest!