e cigarette companies may be aware that they are not the only ones who could be exposed to harmful chemicals in e-cigarettes.
Some of them have been involved in the creation of some of the most harmful chemicals, like triclosan and formaldehyde, in their products.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization have issued a joint warning that e-cigs pose a “vulnerability to environmental contamination” that is being “determined by industry experts” and will be a “priority”.
In the UK, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), which has responsibility for regulating e-cig manufacturing, has announced it is looking into the potential for the e-liquids in e cigarettes to contain substances that have been linked to cancer.
This means e-liquid manufacturers and retailers may be at risk if they do not take steps to limit the amount of harmful chemicals that are in their e-juice.
The EPA and the WHO are calling for a ban on e-waste and e-tray-type containers and for all e-flavoured products containing more than 20 per cent liquid nicotine to be banned.
The agency also urged manufacturers to develop and sell e-vaporisers that do not contain any of the harmful substances.
It is not the first time that e cig makers have faced accusations of potentially carcinogenic chemicals.
Last year, the WHO warned of a link between e-smoking and aflatoxin, a toxic chemical found in tobacco smoke that can cause liver damage.
The latest EPA warning comes as more research is being done on e cigarette e-products and a growing number of studies have been conducted on the health effects of the chemicals used in e cigs.
In addition to the EPA, WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a number of other health bodies have also issued joint warnings about e-Cigarettes.
These groups are looking into whether e- cigarettes pose a cancer risk and are asking for more research into the chemicals in the e cig.
“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of evaluating e-Liquid ingredients and the health impacts of e-Juice,” the agency said in a statement.
“The FDA will continue to assess the safety of eLiquid ingredients, including the health and environmental effects of eJuice ingredients.”
E-cigarette companies have been trying to dispel any lingering doubts that they may be producing hazardous chemicals.
But the latest EPA warnings could help make e-pigs and e liquid manufacturers think twice before trying to appeal to consumers.
The government and major e-packagers have been scrambling to respond to the government’s decision.
The New Zealand Government is launching an inquiry into e-factory chemicals, while the US and UK are launching investigations into the safety and quality of e cigarettes.
But there are also concerns that the EPA and WHO are too late.
The FDA, which has not yet issued a statement, has already said it will be looking into e cigarettes and vaping.
The European Union has also issued a warning, saying e-tokens have a “high potential for health risks” and could lead to the introduction of tobacco-like chemicals.
“These chemicals can pose a risk to human health, the environment, and public health in general,” the EU statement said.
In a statement to AAP, e-connor, the leading manufacturer of e cigarette products, said it had taken all the necessary steps to minimise the risk to the public.
“We have taken immediate action to ensure that all e cigarettes, and in particular our e-Vaporiser, are free of all potentially hazardous substances, as well as all ingredients, ingredients, flavours and all other components of the products,” the company said.
The company said it was confident of its products’ safety, but the warning did not cover all e cigarette ingredients.