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The Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes and now a study from Duke University raises serious health concerns for people using mint and menthol flavored e-cigarette products: a potentially cancer-causing chemical in some of the e-cigarette liquids.

The study details high levels of a chemical called pulegone, which in other studies has been found to cause cancerous changes in the livers and lungs of mice that ingested it. Pulegone is a constituent of oil extracts prepared from mint products and it’s been found in mint and menthol-flavored e-cigarette products.

The article goes on to state the following:

The researchers used previously published Centers for Disease Control data of the concentrations of pulegone in select e-cigarette liquids — and also in smokeless tobacco — and combined these with the ingestion exposure data from animal studies to calculate a “margin of exposure,” a level used by regulatory agencies including the FDA to assess human health risks.
Theoretically, the larger the safety margin, the safer the product.

A co-author of the study, Dr. Sairam Jabba, Senior Research Associate at Duke University, said, “We found that for all mint and menthol liquids that we analyzed, the range was 300-6,000, where levels should be at least above 10,000,” according to ABC News.

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