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

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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".

The study looked at 67 e-cigarette smokers, 16 people who smoke e-cigarettes and cigarettes, and 20 non-smokers to come up with their results.

"Although e-cigarette vapor may be less hazardous than tobacco smoke, our findings can be used to challenge the idea that e-cigarette vapor is safe, because numerous volatile organic compounds we identified are carcinogenic", Dr. Rubinstein and colleagues wrote in the conclusion.

The group that used e-cigarettes was found to have levels of toxic organic compounds that were three times higher than the control group.

E-cigarettes, or vape pens, combine flavored fluid and nicotine to deliver a less harsh form of smoking. A new study from researchers at the University of California San Francisco showed that teens who used e-cigarettes are inhaling potentially cancer-causing compounds.

The National Cancer Institute said studies in rodent models have found that acrylamide exposure increases the risk for several types of cancer.

In their turn, the teenagers who consume e-cigs, exclusively, presented by 300% higher amounts of toxins in their urine samples in comparison to the teenagers who don't smoke or vape. 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.

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E-cigarettes, or vape pens, consolidate seasoned liquid and nicotine to convey a less unforgiving type of smoking. And those who used only e-cigarettes had much higher levels than those who used neither product.

Hess said there are countless other studies that prove vaping is 95 percent safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. In 2016, the CDC reported that 11 percent of US high schoolers had vaped in the past 30 days.

"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.

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.

'E-cigarettes have the potential to addict the next generation, ' he said.

'Moreover, numerous teens in my practice tell me that they feel e-cigarettes are safe and only produce "water vapor"'.