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Vaping Delivers Cancerous Chemicals, New Study of Teens Shows

Vaping Delivers Cancerous Chemicals, New Study of Teens Shows

Adolescents who use e-cigarettes had as much as 3 times more exposure to toxic chemicals to teens who didn't vape according to a new study in "Pediatrics".

Community education specialist for Shasta County's tobacco program Manuel Meza says they're well aware of the dangers of vaping.

Tests on teenagers show that those who smoke tobacco-based cigarettes have the highest levels of these chemicals in their bodies, but those who vape e-cigarettes also have higher levels of the cancer-causing chemicals than nonsmokers, the team at the University of California, San Francisco, found.

E-#Cigarettes have become extremely popular over the years as they are known for being less risky in comparison to conventional cigarettes. Researchers discovered some of the chemicals were also found in adolescents who used flavored e-cigarettes without nicotine.

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The fight to get teens to not use e-cigarettes isn't any easy one because manufacturers are marketing some e-cigarettes to kids, like Juul, and then making specific flavors just for them as well.

In fact, the American Cancer Society just recently changed its position on e-cigarettes and recommends physicians offer them to patients as a way to quit smoking.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information said acrylonitrile is a highly poisonous compound used widely in the manufacture of plastics, adhesives, and synthetic rubber. E-cigarettes are more an more used by teenagers because of the massive marketing campaigns that promote them as safe alternatives to classic smoking.

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. Those chemicals, as well, are associated with a higher cancer risk.

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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. Among e-cigarette-users, the levels of acrylonitrile were higher in those who preferred fruit flavors - compared to candy, tobacco or menthol flavors.

Under-18s are nearly three times more likely to use e-cigarettes than adults, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Additionally, Dr Rubinstein said the chemicals used to keep e-cigarette solutions in their liquid form, propylene glycol and glycerin, are safe at room temperature but toxic when heated to the temperatures required for vaporization.

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

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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.