E-cigarette: the Agence France-Presse relays an untruth
Paris, the 27 November 2014
It is with indignation that the Fivape, Interprofessional Federation of the vape, discovered the dispatch AFP of this day devoted to the e-cigarette. Relaying a Japanese study, AFP indicates, with other media, that "electronic cigarettes are sometimes more carcinogenic than tobacco." Problem: it's just wrong and does not match the data published in the cited study!
The words attributed by AFP to the researcher Naoki Kunugita, according to which "for one of the brands analyzed, the research team found a level of formaldehyde that has reached up to more than ten times that contained in a traditional cigarette", differ from what is written in the publication.
In addition, the study cited does not analyze the two main families of carcinogens of tobacco smoke: tars (including benzopyrene) and nitrosamines, but a third family of irritants and potential carcinogens, aldehydes.
Contacted by the Fivape, Professor Konstantinos Farsalinos, "external editor" of the Japanese study, states that "the levels of formaldehyde present in e-cigarette aerosols highlighted (...) were on average 4,2 micrograms, with a highest level recorded at 35 micrograms. Knowing that tobacco smoke can hold up to 200 micrograms, it is obvious that e-cigarettes expose their users to 6 formaldehyde levels at 50 times lower than those present in tobacco.  "
The untruth reported by the AFP dispatch, showing the vape as more dangerous than tobacco, can only be a gross error or a desire to manipulate the truth. This study of first generation e-cigarettes and other previously published or expected studies never show a more harmful character of the steam compared to tobacco smoke. Electronic cigarettes used under normal conditions do not expose to carbon monoxide and pose no carcinogenic risk.
The products of the vape disturb some interests because they open an unprecedented perspective of reducing the risks of smoking. In this regard, the French professionals of the vape are working on the publication of XP standards in January, through the AFNOR and in consultation with all stakeholders (public authorities, consumer associations, laboratories). These standards aim to ensure the constancy of the quality and safety of the products of the vape placed on the market.
Call for mobilization: demonstrate the true potential of the vape!
Faced with attempts to destabilize the vape, the Fivape calls on French vapers, media and scientists to seize independently the theme of the e-cigarette, like the work undertaken by laboratories and several French universities. In the face of the scourge of smoking, as thousands of doctors see the daily benefits of the vape among smokers, there is a collective responsibility not to cheat with reality! Let us sincerely continue to improve the knowledge of this innovation, let us also agree on the benefits of vaping versus smoking, responsible for the death of 73 000 French every year.
 The Complete Statement of Professor Konstantinos Farsalinos: "All the media reports concerning formaldehyde in e-cigarettes are completely inaccurate. The levels of formaldehyde in e-cigarette aerosol by the Japanese group were on average 4.2micrograms, with the highest level being 35micrograms. Considering that cigarette smoking may contain up to 200micrograms, it is obvious that e-cigarettes expose the user to 6-50 times LOWER levels of formaldehyde compared to smoking. Moreover, e-cigarette contains 1000 times less nitrosamines and no aromatic hydrocarbons, which are the most potent carcinogens in tobacco cigarette smoke. We are obligated to provide information to smokers, rather than misleading and misinforming them. "