March 24, 2018

E-cigarette use exposes teenagers to toxic chemicals says new study

07 March 2018, 11:44 | Rex Hubbard

Vaping Delivers Cancerous Chemicals, New Study of Teens Shows

E-Cigarette Use Exposes Teens to Toxic Chemicals

A research that has been done by the scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, has revealed that the regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes share the same chemicals that prone to cancer development.

They said teenagers who try vaping are poisoning themselves with numerous same chemicals that make traditional cigarettes so deadly.

Lead author Mark L. Rubinstein, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at UCSF, said in a press release, "Teenagers need to be warned that the vapor produced by e-cigarettes is not harmless water vapor, but actually contains some of the same toxic chemicals found in smoke from traditional cigarettes".

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.

"Although smoking even one cigarette is concerning, becoming an established smoker in adolescence is of substantial clinical and public health concern and is strongly associated with continuing to smoke regularly", they continued.

Last week, a study of almost 70,000 people found that daily e-cigarette use can double the risk for heart attack.

Monday's study shows vaping delivers harmful chemicals and potentially harmful chemicals.

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The chemicals are not listed on the ingredients of the vape liquid.

They tested their urine and saliva and asked questions about cigarette use.

The latest CDC report found that e-cigarettes were the most commonly used form of tobacco smoked by the 20 percent of high school students who reported any use at all. According to Rubinstein, the toxicity of non-nicotine e-cigarettes is caused by the propylene glycol and glycerin used to preserve the flavors. Some studies show it can play a part in bringing about lung cancer, although the EPA says there is not enough data to show whether it causes cancer in people.

The study also found evidence of propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde.

E-cigarettes contain additives and solvents, which can form carcinogenic compounds when heated, according to the study. Despite massive gains in cutting cigarette use among young adults over the past few decades, e-cigarette use was the most common tobacco product among US middle- and high-schoolers between 2014 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2016, more than two million U.S. middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, including 4.3 percent of middle school students and 11.3 percent of high school students, compared with 3.2 percent of USA adults. "Messaging to teenagers should include warnings about the potential risk from toxic exposure to carcinogenic compounds generated by these products".

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