Revealed: The horror cocktail of toxic chemicals found in lolly-flavoured vapes that appeal to children – including material used to make paint
- Study of ‘lolly’ flavoured vapes reveal toxic chemical cocktail
- All vapes contained nicotine and other harmful chemicals
- Contained arsenic, formaldehyde, lead and nicotine
An analysis of ‘lolly’ flavoured vapes, a favourite amongst school children, showed they all contained an alarming, toxic cocktail of chemicals and nicotine.
The lab tests of the vapes sold throughout Queensland were ordered by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk after she raised concerns about the availability of the flavoured vapes.
Results showed these vapes contained harmful chemicals such as arsenic, formaldehyde and lead.
A report on the vapes prepared for the state government noted users are inhaling heavy metals such as zinc as well as high levels of nicotine.
Under current laws, e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can only be sold from a pharmacy to those who have a prescription, however, the vapes tested showed store-bought vapes contained up to 47,000 milligrams per kilogram.
That means a 5ml vape can contain the equivalent nicotine of six packs of cigarettes.
Of the 17 samples tested, all contained five to 15 heavy metals and organic compounds typically used to manufacture paints and pharmaceuticals.
A number of these heavy metals are known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction and development, and can even cause neurological abnormalities.
These vapes had visibly innocent packaging and labels such as IGET Bar Strawberry Watermelon Ice and Waka Smash Apple Surge.
The report also noted that all vapes contained two carbonyl compounds, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, which are known to irritate lung tissue.
‘Formaldehyde is classified as a Group 1 human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and acetaldehyde is classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans,’ the report states.
Other toxic heavy metals found included lead, mercury, nickel, chromium, antimony, aluminium, iron, barium, manganese, copper and vanadium.
Ms Palaszczuk said the findings were ‘staggering’.
‘There are people who might think vaping is safer than smoking or, indeed, harmless,’ she said.
‘These test results should make those people think again.’
LIQUID VAPES TESTED
IGET Bar Strawberry Watermelon Ice
IGET Bar Strawberry Lemon Ice
IGET Legend Passionfruit Watermelon Ice
IGET Bar Grape Ice
IGET Bar Kiwi Pineapple Ice
IGET Legend Blueberry Blackberry Ice
HQD Cuvie Plus – Strawberry Watermelon