Vaping Formaldehyde: Another Low Blow From Big Tobacco?


If you followed this blog long enough, you know that nothing gets my blood boiling more than some B.S. article about vaping.

So the last time I heard, e-juice kills children and pets. It seems that this argument hasn’t riled up the masses to go against vaping, so they are going with the “formaldehyde argument” once again.

The article in question is here. The New England Journal of Medicine has come out with a new finding that vaping anything over 5 volts releases trace amounts of formaldehyde. However, vaping at 3 volts does not release the deadly chemical in e-juice.

The American Vaping Association has claimed that the methods used in this experiment were inappropriate resulting in inaccurate results.

What was used in the experiment was an e-go/vision spinner device, which I believe goes from 3-6 volts, and a stock clearomizer which uses silica wick.


Not to brag, but this set-up does not even come close to the devices I and many vapers I know use, maybe 2 years ago but not now.  This is what the researchers decided to use to representing the current vaping technology.

The testers fired the vaping device at 3 volts for 4-5 seconds. The findings were pretty much safe and consistent. When they fired at 5 volts for the same amount of time, the traces of formaldehyde started to show. A machine was used to simulate inhalation.

Silica wick, which although is used in many stock and starter kits, is not the safest.  Burnt silica is notorious for releasing formaldehyde, which is why the current choice of many vapers is cotton or organic cotton. 4-5 second pulls at 5 volts will definitely create dry hits.

Don’t get me wrong, if you use a Vision Spinner with a stock tank it doesn’t automatically mean you are in danger. You probably don’t inhale like the machine used in the experiment so you won’t dry out your wick. So unless like dry hits, you won’t have to worry about getting formaldehyde in your vape.

The sad part is that the media will hype this nonsense up and as usual, the ignorant will gobble everything up.


Author: Mr. Long Drag

Former smoker turned vaper since 2013. I blog about questions that I and others might have about vaping. All I can say is it's a better alternative to cigarettes, nicotine gum, patches or medication, no matter what the Big Tobacco backed media says!

6 thoughts on “Vaping Formaldehyde: Another Low Blow From Big Tobacco?”

  1. This amused me, mainly because there is formaldehyde in tobacco cigarettes! According to the American Lung Association, ( “There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.”

    And Big Tobacco wants to scare us with a trace of formaldehyde?


    1. Exactly endlesssummer128, cigarettes are just plain nasty. Now that my smelling has improved, I can see why my female co-workers would make funny faces when I came back from my smoke breaks, lol. The PG/VG argument vape critics made no sense, this experiment is just the haters grasping for whatever argument they can throw at us.

      What really makes me mad is this particular type of article being shared on Facebook, while the ignorant are quick to share these articles with their friends who vape.

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  2. Good right up MLD, I just covered same topic. Vape enthusiasts on Twitter and FB have been very active on this topic to clear up the confusion. There have been many retractions and edits to the initial media posts, however the extreme flaws in the study need to be continually clarified.



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