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Teenagers Who Use E-Cigarettes/Vapes Are Exposed to Cancer Causing Compounds

3/9/2018
 

Researchers published information in the journal Pediatrics that should trigger a major health concern for all parents of teenagers and young adults. “Adolescent Exposure to Toxic Volatile Organic Chemicals from E-Cigarettes,” investigated levels of toxic organic compounds in urine of three groups of teens: those who exclusively used e-cigarettes, dual users of both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes, and those who did not smoke at all.
Manufacturers often commercialize e-cigarettes and vapes as a safer alternative to regular tobacco products, and many teens believe e-cigarettes and vapes are safe and “not a drug.” But new research provides more evidence about the risks of these products.
Researchers tested for volatile organic compounds known to be toxic including propylene oxide, acrylamide, acrylonitrile, and crotonaldehyde. Those who used e-cigarettes had up to three times greater amounts of five volatile organic compounds in their urine, compared to teens who did not use e-cigarettes at all. Dual users had levels up to three times higher than the e-cigarette only group. Fruit flavored e-cigarette products produced significantly higher levels of acrylonitrile, which is a concern for teens because fruit flavors were the most popular choice and acrylonitrile is a known carcinogen. Fifty-five percent of teens who used only e-cigarettes, and 67 percent of dual users reporting using fruit flavors most often.
Talk to your teenagers and young adults – vaping is the current epidemic and IT IS NOT SAFE. The bigger question is whether these young vapers will be at a higher risk RISK FOR CANCER someday just because they wanted to blow a pretty ring of smoke!!!

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