Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes Are Exposed To Cancer-Causing Chemicals

Faith Castro
March 8, 2018

People who think that smoking e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking real cigarettes is a viable option in order to reduce their body toxicity might have to go through that thought process again because a recent study showed that the teens who use e-cigarettes are equally prone to the toxicity that is found in tobacco cigarettes.

Urine and salivary gland testing looked for breakdown products of toxic chemicals that have been associated with cancer - and found them in both smokers and vapers - but not those who didn't smoke at all.

Teenagers who used the e-cigarettes had as much as three times higher level of toxic chemicals in their urine than the non-smoking teens. "In contrast, youth who have already begun cigarette experimentation represent a population at high risk of progression to greater levels of cigarette use later in adolescence and into adulthood", Benjamin W. Chaffee, DDS, MPH, PhD, from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and the department of preventive and restorative dental sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues wrote. Thus, e-cigarettes present the same carcinogenic chemicals as the regular cigarettes.

"E-cigarettes are widely promoted as a smoking cessation aid, but for most people, they actually make it harder to quit smoking, so most people end up as so-called "dual users" who keep smoking while using e-cigarettes", said Stanton Glantz, lead author of the latter study, in a statement.

'Teenagers should be inhaling air, not products with toxins in them'.

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That risk level was the same for those using both e-cigs and tobacco. They were compared with a control group of 20 non-smoking teens.

The chemicals found in the e-cigarette clients' bodies were not ordered on the fixing rundown of the vape fluids.

"Although the pairs of e-cigarettes may be less unsafe 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.

E-cigarettes are so popular that they're now the most commonly used form of smoking among teens in the United States. The list of compounds included acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde.

Numerous studies showcase the hypothesis that kids who vape more, develop taste for other tobacco products, however, there is no proof about how instantly perilous e-cigarettes are. "But when they're heated to the high temperatures required for vaporization, they can produce toxic substances that are potentially carcinogenic", he said.

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