By Dr. Michael Fenton, MD Editor of Medical News NowThe American Society for Microbiology is calling on the federal government to address the potential for the use of chemical compounds in the production of new electronic products, as reported by the Associated Press.
The society’s Executive Vice President for Health and Scientific Affairs, Dr. William C. Hynes, MD, MD said in a statement today, “The use of these chemicals may be a potential carcinogen and could lead to serious side effects.
The use of this product and the use by the U.S. Government of this technology may be contributing to a public health crisis and the emergence of new and novel diseases.”
Hynes said that the government should require manufacturers to “ensure the safety of the products they are using” and that the industry should be held accountable for its products.
The report comes on the heels of the release of a report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which warned that electronic cigarettes pose a risk to the public and to the environment, and that they may cause cancer.
According to the IARC, the inhalation of these electronic cigarettes contains chemicals that are known to cause cancer, including aldehydes, benzaldehyde, and carbon monoxide.
Inhalation of the aerosol also produces formaldehyde, which has been linked to cancer, asthma, and other health problems.