Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers

Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers

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". Those who only vape had higher levels of certain chemicals in their body than traditional smokers and nonsmokers, tied to the "flavoring" used in many vape products.

In turn, the "e-cigarette only" group had three times more evidence of the presence of acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide, and crotonaldehyde as non-users. E-cigarettes are more an more used by teenagers because of the massive marketing campaigns that promote them as safe alternatives to classic smoking.

Teens who used only e-cigarettes, especially particularly sweet or flavored juices, had much higher levels of chemicals than those who don't use either tobacco product.

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".

Even though e-cigarettes producers advertise their products as safe and even suggest smokers to quit smoking regular cigarettes and to start using e-cigs, recent studies on e-cigarettes revealed that they can be as nocive as regular cigarettes.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information said acrylonitrile is a highly poisonous compound used widely in the manufacture of plastics, adhesives, and synthetic rubber.




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

E-CIGARETTES could increase your risk of cancer even when there's no trace of nicotine, experts have warned.

E-cigarettes contain additives and solvents, which can form carcinogenic compounds when heated, according to the study.

Since vapors have been invented, more young adults are using the trendy product every day. Among e-cigarette-users, the levels of acrylonitrile were higher in those who preferred fruit flavors - compared to candy, tobacco or menthol flavors. We can all probably agree we want our kids exposed to the least amount of cancer-causing chemicals as possible.

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.

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.

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