Teens who use e-cigarettes exposed to toxic chemicals, study finds

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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. Hans says it's important that parents recognize the risks of vaping for teens whose brains are still developing. Sixty-seven of them used e-cigarettes only, 17 used e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes, and 20 did not smoke or vape. The teens who used both the modes of smoking, on the other hand, had three times the level of toxicity as compared to those who used e-cigarettes only.

Nearly 100 teens from the San Francisco Bay area were examined in the University of California-San Francisco study: 67 teens used e-cigarettes only, 16 used both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes and 20 didn't smoke or vape at all. Thus, e-cigarettes present the same carcinogenic chemicals as the regular cigarettes.

"Teenagers should be inhaling air, not products with toxins in them", he added. And those who used only e-cigarettes had much higher levels than those who used neither product.

The chemicals found in the e-cigarette clients' bodies were not ordered on the fixing rundown of the vape fluids. The teens were divided into three groups: e-cigarette-only users, cigarette and e-cigarette users, and non-users.

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.

"Acrolein is so toxic that it is used in chemical weapons", he told CBS News.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered devices regularly used as a more healthful alternative to regular cigarettes.

A new study has revealed that e-cigarettes put young smokers at risk of getting cancer, and fruit flavorings appear to be the most toxic.

"Although the pairs of e-cigarettes may be less risky than tobacco smoke, our results can be used to challenge the idea that the vapor electronic cigarettes safe, because numerous volatile organic compounds that we identified are carcinogenic", write the researchers in their study.

Among the compounds researchers have found acrolein, Acrylonitrile, CROTONALDEHYDE, propylene oxide and acrylamide, which belong to the class of chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCS).

When asked whether they used liquid with nicotine, 31 percent of participants said "always", 39 percent said "sometimes", 15 percent said "unsure" and 15 percent said "never".

The study cautioned that e-cigarettes are often promoted as a safer, healthier alternative to traditional tobacco smoking.

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