E-cigarettes expose teens to cancer-causing chemicals

E-Cigarette Use Exposes Teens to Toxic Chemicals

Teenagers who used the e-cigarettes had as much as three times higher level of toxic chemicals in their urine than the non-smoking teens.

The study testing associations between e-cigarette use and more established smoking habits was conducted by University of California San Francisco researchers Benjamin Chaffee, Shannon Lea Watkins and Stanton Glantz, who concluded that "e-cigarettes do not divert from, and may encourage, cigarette smoking". The two types of cigarette utilize caused the nearness of considerably more elevated amounts of perilous chemicals in the clients' bodies, including acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde, the group announced.

Nearly 100 teens from the San Francisco Bay area were examined in the University of California-San Francisco study: 67 teens used e-cigarettes only, 16 used both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes and 20 didn't smoke or vape at all. If the user continues to smoke regular cigarettes each day along with e-cigarettes, the combined risk goes up five times. The rising number of young Americans smoking e-cigarettes are at great risk for exposing themselves to these cancerous contaminants despite the products being marketed as healthier.

When asked what was in their e-cigarette, 66 percent of teens said "just flavoring", 13.7 percent said they didn't know, 13.2 percent said nicotine, 5.8 percent said marijuana, according to a survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

"There is nicotine in them, and that drives that to the brain, the part of the brain that can be very addictive", said Nancy Hans, executive director of the Prevention Council of Roanoke County.

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While some regard e-cigarettes or vaping as a safer alternative to smoking, the study says vaping is still poisonous ‎and fruity flavors popular with teens appear to be the worst.

Many studies support the theory that kids who vape are more likely to go on to use other tobacco products, but there hasn't been much hard evidence about how directly risky e-cigarettes are.

Teens smoking e-cigarettes, or vaping, were found to have ingested far more cancer-causing chemicals than people who reported smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes. The latest report on teen smoking shows 20 percent of high school students have used at least one tobacco product recently - mostly e-cigarettes.

Additionally, Dr Rubinstein said the chemicals used to keep e-cigarette solutions in their liquid form, propylene glycol and glycerin, are safe at room temperature but toxic when heated to the temperatures required for vaporization.

Other teams have found other potentially cancer-causing chemicals in e-cigarette vapor, including diacetyl, the chemical blamed for causing "Popcorn lung" in workers at microwave popcorn packaging plants. "Messaging to teenagers should include warnings about the potential risk from toxic exposure to carcinogenic compounds generated by these products".

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