Email Chain Letters and Hoaxes
Have you receive an email warning you that your plastic water
bottle could cause cancer? The email probably looked like this:
If you are the type who likes conspiracy theories, or believes that anything man-made must be bad...well, then you probably believed this hoax as well.
There is no scientific evidence that reusing plastic bottles can lead to cancer. The type of plastic (PET) used in water bottles has been used for years in drinking bottles, and has been tested, reviewed and approved by health agencies, research institutions and others worldwide.
The chemical referred to in the email, DEHA, is not even
considered to be a human carcinogen and is not considered to pose any
significant health risk to humans.
Of course, if you reuse a plastic bottle, you have to be careful to clean it out because bacteria could grown in there. This is true whether the bottle is made from plastic, glass, aluminum, or whatever!
And to those conspiracy theorists nuts, if you doubt our word, you probably wouldn't believe the American Cancer Society, either, who also agrees that this is nonsense (see this article on their website).
And if you want to see the humorous side of hoax emails, read the spoof of the bubble-boy scams.
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