The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that electronic cigarettes contain carcinogens and a chemical used in antifreeze, reported the Washington Post.
These findings contradict the manufacturers’ claims that the electronic cigarette is a safe alternative to more traditional cigarettes and include little more than water vapor, nicotine and propylene glycol – which is used to produce artificial smoke, reported the New York Times. The Washington Post reported that the Food and Drug Administration also detected carcinogens like nitrosamines, as well as diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze.
The New York Times reported that the electronic cigarette liquid produces a vapor that users inhale through a battery-powered device when heated.
The Food and Drug Administration has taken hold of 50 shipments of electronic cigarettes, claiming that the electronic cigarette companies had not marketed the products legally, nor did they have FDA approval for new drugs or medical devices, reported USA Today.
The Washington Post reported that in May, two electronic cigarette companies filed lawsuits, which are still pending in Washington D.C., against the FDA for seizing their shipments. The companies claim that the FDA has no authority over their products.