A new study has found signs of contamination by what may be called e-bugs, which are bacteria and fungi, in several e-cigarette products.
Harvard researchers tested vaping cartridges and e-liquid products that had a high nicotine content and were made by 10 of the top e-cigarette brands, when they found widespread evidence of bacteria and/or fungi that had been previously linked to lung issues.
they called it e-bugs
i’m screaming https://t.co/GVWEEoTRsd
— Will 💛 | they/them (@vampsncolours) April 25, 2019
The study, which was published in EurekAlert!, found signs of bacterial contamination in nearly a quarter and fungal contamination in over 80% of the products that were tested.
According to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health professor David Christiani, the level of exposure is low, but adds another layer of “buyer beware’ for vape users. “The production is not standardized, and the contents can vary widely.” Christiani explains according to wbur. “And they can contain a number of agents that are toxic, that can be harmful to health, in addition to nicotine.”
Lead photo courtesy of Vaping360.