Since e-cigarettes took over the outdoor patios of bars and coffee shops all over the country, the perception that they’re safer than tobacco cigarettes only seems to have grown. But David Peyton, a chemistry professor at Portland State University, says his new study should at least give users pause. It found formaldehyde in e-vapor that’s inhaled at a high temperature. More details about the study will be forthcoming, but Peyton said he wanted to get the results out as soon as possible, and to as wide as audience as possible. The research appears in the peer-reviewed letters section of the New England Journal of Medicine, which is publicly accessibly without a subscription.
We’ll talk to Peyton about the details of the study, his plans for followup research, and what public health questions he thinks these results raise.