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Electronic cigarettes contain toxic chemicals, FDA warns

By Matthew Perrone
Associated Press / July 23, 2009

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WASHINGTON - Federal health officials said yesterday they have found cancer-causing ingredients in electronic cigarettes, despite makers’ claims the products are safer than tobacco cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration said testing of products from two leading electronic cigarette makers turned up several toxic chemicals, including a key ingredient in antifreeze.

FDA scientists said they tested 19 varieties of cigarettes, half of which contained forms of nitrosamine, a carcinogen. Many products which claimed to contain no nicotine actually had low levels of it.

Electronic cigarettes produce a nicotine mist absorbed directly into the lungs. Most can easily pass for tobacco cigarettes.

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