The New England Journal of Medicine has ignited a cancer scare over formaldehyde inhaled from e-cigarettes. And New York Times columnist Joe Nocera has piled on with a column entitled, ‘Is Vaping Worse Than Smoking‘? Here’s what you need to know.
Junk scientists have for decades been trying to pin a known-human-carcinogen cancer label on formaldehyde. EPA has tried an failed to do it. The World Health Organization did label it as such in 2004. The National Toxicology Program attempted the link in 2011.
However if you review the human studies of formaldehyde exposure — which have generally involved industrial and funeral parlor workers — you’ll see that the epidemiologic studies show no statistical association between formaldehyde exposure and cancer. All the studies hover around a correlation of precisely zero — precisely what one would expect if there was no association between formaldehyde and cancer.
No attention should be paid to animal studies involving formaldehyde since people are not little mice, especially when it comes to chemical carcinogenicity.
E-cigs are undoubtedly a safer way for smokers to get their nicotine fixes. Ignore the endless junk science from public health radicals.