Early research has already indicated the presence of heavy metal vaping liquids in vaporization products. Another study indicates an increased volume of these hazardous substances in pairs. The situation is typical for powerful electronic steam generators with capacious batteries and volumetric tanks for aerosols.
The more complicated the vape design and the more components the device consists of, the more extensive the “periodic table” in a pair, the researchers say. Thus, aluminum, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, nickel, silicon, tin and zinc can be detected in a pair. The concentration of some elements increases with increasing power of the device (in particular, lead).
The main sources of metals are called a nichrome spiral, soldering units (tin), brass fasteners, insulating materials and a “wick” of vape – all this can be found in the atomizers of electronic steam generators, Forbes writes.
It is noted that chromium, lead and nickel are carcinogens, prolonged exposure to lead can cause cardiovascular problems and lead to dysfunctions in the brain (memory, perception and processing of information).
Chromium is associated with gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory disorders and so on.
Experts recommend continuing research to identify the effects of vaping on the human body.