Smoking e-cigarettes delivers cancer-causing chemicals that get into the body - and popular fruity flavors appear to be the worst, researchers reported Monday.
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". Young people who smoke e-cigarettes are harming their bodies with similar chemicals introduce in conventional tobacco cigarettes, the report updated.
"Have the conversation around what is this, sit down and really look at what it does have in it", Hans said.
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.
"I was a pack-a-day smoker for 20 years", said Justice, owner of WC Vapor.
E-cigarettes, or vape pens, combine flavored fluid and nicotine to deliver a less harsh form of smoking.
None of the chemicals - which included benzene, ethylene, oxide, acrylonitrile, acrolein and acrylamide - were found in non-smokers.
On the other hand, Rubinstein believes that the toxins present in e-cigarettes are given by the glycerin and propylene glycol additives that give the specific flavors of each brand in part. E-cigarettes are more an more used by teenagers because of the massive marketing campaigns that promote them as safe alternatives to classic smoking.
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.
The study examined urine samples from 104 adolescents.
Those who used both types of cigarette had significantly higher levels of unsafe chemicals, including acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde, the team reported. Kids who used e-cigarettes showed levels of toxic organic compounds three times higher on average than the kids who didn't smoke.
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.
"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.
The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association responded to the study citing a government report from January that found there's no available evidence e-cigarette use is associated with cancer. In 2016, the CDC reported that 11 percent of US high schoolers had vaped in the past 30 days.
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