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Teens inhaling unsafe chemicals in e-cigarettes, new research says

07 March 2018, 11:43 | Lucy Hill

Vaping Delivers Cancerous Chemicals, New Study of Teens Shows

E-Cigarette Use Exposes Teens to Toxic Chemicals

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".

Some of the potentially cancer-causing compounds found in those who used e-cigarettes were acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde.

"So while it sounds bad, they don't compare it to cigarettes and they're not telling you what the levels in these devices are", owner of Norcal Vape Keri Hess said.

This is the first-known study to look at the presence of potentially cancer-causing compounds in adolescents e-cigarette users.

"Among our e-cigarette-only participants, the use of fruit-flavored products produced significantly higher levels of the metabolites of acrylonitrile", the researchers write in the study.

Prof Rubinstein said kids should never use e-cigarettes, devices created to help people quit smoking giving the nicotine hit without exposing them to tobacco.

It found that teenagers who smoke tobacco-based cigarettes have the highest levels of cancer- causing chemicals in their bodies.

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"Acrylonitrile is a highly poisonous compound used widely in the manufacture of plastics, adhesives and synthetic rubber", the National Center for Biotechnology Information says on its website.

In conclusion, the e-cigarettes present the same carcinogenic chemicals as the regular cigarettes, therefore they are not at all a safer or healthier alternative to classic smoking.

While those who smoke regular cigarettes had the highest levels, the study said e-cigarettes also pose a significant risk, in part because they are often promoted as being safer despite containing numerous same toxic chemicals.

Acrolein "is toxic to humans following inhalation, oral or dermal exposure", the Environmental Protection Agency says.

At WC Vapor in Roanoke, William Justice is singing the praises of e-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. Kids who used e-cigarettes showed levels of toxic organic compounds three times higher on average than the kids who didn't smoke.

The same CDC report found that only 2.2 percent of middle-schoolers and eight percent of high-schoolers had smoked traditional cigarettes in the past 30 days.

Just as with traditional tobacco cigarettes, many teens do not think they will get addicted to the nicotine and/or feel they will quit before they become addicted and suffer the negative consequences accompanying continued use.



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