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

  • Teens inhaling risky chemicals in e-cigarettes, new research says

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

After the 2016 CDC report was released, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Dr Benard Dreyer called the increasing rates of e-cigarette use among youths a "major public health concern".

"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", the study read.

"Among our e-cigarette-only participants, the use of fruit-flavored products produced significantly higher levels of the metabolites of acrylonitrile", the scientists wrote in their findings.

The Modified-Risk Tobacco Products (MRTP) are created to help smokers (willing or not to quit smoking) obtain a safer alternative to combusted tobacco cigarettes.

Study participants who used both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes had significantly higher levels of risky chemicals, including acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde, the researchers said.

"We touch on vaping and electronic cigarettes and how electronic cigarettes also have some chemicals that have been found to cause cancer", Meza said.

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

Propylene oxide and crotonaldeyde are probable carcinogens, the EPA says, while acrylamide's role in causing cancer is more controversial.

Hess said there are countless other studies that prove vaping is 95 percent safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. "While they may be beneficial to adults as a form of harm reduction, kids should not be using them at all".

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 study said in its conclusion that messaging to teenagers about e-cigarettes should include warnings about the potential risk from toxic exposure to carcinogenic compounds generated by the products.

"The FDA's ban on truthful, non-misleading statements about the relative health risks of e-cigarettes and the substances contained in e-cigarette vapor will inevitably keep millions of smokers from hearing facts that could persuade them to switch to e-cigarettes-a decision that could ultimately save their their lives", pointed out NJOY. 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.

"So while it sounds terrible, 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.

At WC Vapor in Roanoke, William Justice is singing the praises of e-cigarettes.