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E-cigarettes contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins


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Study examined 75 popular e-cigarette products, 27 % of which contained traces of endotoxin.

Cartridge samples had 3.2 times higher concentrations of glucan than the e-liquid samples.

Glucan concentrations were higher in tobacco- and menthol-flavoured products.

Endotoxin concentrations were higher in fruit-flavoured products.

More than 3 million high school students used e-cigarettes in 2018.

Study was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives.

Raw materials used in the production of flavors might be a source of microbial contamination

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David Christiani

Professor of Medicine at Physician, Pulmonary and Critical Care Division.

Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)

Scientific journal covering research on all aspects of environmental science.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Education of new generations of global health leaders.

Mi-Sun Lee

Research Associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.