Medicine

Teens breathe cancer causing chemicals in e cigarettes

Teens breathe cancer causing chemicals in e cigarettes

There's more bad news for e-cigarette users this week. Sixty-seven used e-cigarettes only, while 17 used both e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco cigarettes. On the other hand in adolescents using both electronic and tobacco cigarette levels of toxic organic compounds more than three times than those who smoke electronic cigarette.

Researchers at University of California San Francisco analyzed urine and saliva from 67 teens who used e-cigarettes and found they had been exposed to some of the same chemicals in tobacco that cause cancer.

Dr Rubinstein noted that some of the toxic chemicals were found in the bodies of teens who used flavored e-cigarettes without nicotine.

"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", Rubinstein said in a statement.

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. And those who used only e-cigarettes had much higher levels than those who used neither product.

"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.

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E-cigarettes sometimes contain nicotine, and sometimes they use nicotine-free solutions.

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

This chemical irritates the lungs when it's breathed in, and there's a chance that it could also be linked to breast cancer and brain cancer. Acrolein is found in chemical weapons.

ABC News reported, researchers discovered that acrylonitrile was higher in fruit-flavored e-cigarettes and that was the most popular product among the adolescents.

E-cigarettes are more an more used by teenagers because of the massive marketing campaigns that promote them as safe alternatives to classic smoking. "While they may be beneficial to adults as a form of harm reduction, kids should not be using them at all". The list of compounds included acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde. "But when they're heated to the high temperatures required for vaporization, they can produce toxic substances that are potentially carcinogenic", he said.

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 unsafe e-cigarettes are.


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