E-cigarettes expose teens to cancer-causing chemicals

E-cigarettes expose teens to cancer-causing chemicals

E-cigarettes expose teens to cancer-causing chemicals

Now, a new study shows adolescents who use them are exposed to significant levels of chemicals that could potentially cause cancer.

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

Lead author Mark L. Rubinstein, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at UCSF, said in a press release, "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".

"Have the conversation around what is this, sit down and really look at what it does have in it", Hans said.

In fact that information is part of the presentations they give to teens at local high schools.

Using e-cigarettes has been promoted as a way to help adult smokers cut back or quit smoking, or at least to minimize the health damage that smoking causes.

Test analysing the teens' pee and spit samples revealed traces of several chemicals linked to cancer, including acrylamide - found in chips and burned toast a year ago. The rising number of youthful Americans smoking e-cigarettes are at incredible hazard for presenting themselves to these destructive contaminants regardless of the items being advertised as more beneficial. Those who used both types of cigarettes showed levels of toxic compounds three times higher than those who only used e-cigarettes, who in turn showed levels of toxic compounds three times higher than the non-smokers. E-cigarettes are more an more used by teenagers because of the massive marketing campaigns that promote them as safe alternatives to classic smoking.

"Teenagers should be inhaling air, not products with toxins in them", he added.

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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.

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.

Last week, a study of almost 70,000 people found that daily e-cigarette use can double the risk for heart attack.

The researchers write, "The presence of harmful ingredients in e-cigarette vapor has been established; we can now say that these chemicals are found in the body of human adolescents who use these products".

"Electronic cigarettes generate nicotine in the vapor".

Levels of toxic organic compounds were up to three times higher on average in the e-cigarette users compared with the controls.

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.

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