Vaping Delivers Cancerous Chemicals, New Study of Teens Shows


Levels of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals were up to THREE times higher on average in e-cigarette users, compared with non-smokers, a team at the University of California, San Francisco discovered.

"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", the researchers concluded. Sixty-seven used e-cigarettes only and 17 used both e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco cigarettes.

The study, published the latest edition of the medical journal Pediatrics, found that levels of toxic organic compounds in tested teens were up to three times higher on average in the e-cigarette users compared with a non-smoking, non-vaping control group, UCSF said.

Additionally, Dr Rubinstein said the chemicals used to keep e-cigarette solutions in their liquid form, propylene glycol and glycerin, are safe at room temperature but toxic when heated to the temperatures required for vaporization. Both forms of cigarette use caused the presence of much higher levels of unsafe chemicals in the users' bodies, including acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde, the team reported.

Adolescents who smoke e-cigarettes are exposed to significant levels of potentially cancer-causing chemicals also found in tobacco cigarettes, even when the e-cigarettes do not contain nicotine, according to a study by UC San Francisco researchers.

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.

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The compounds examined in the study include acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde, all of which have been associated with increased cancer-risk in previous studies. "Teenagers should be inhaling air, not products with toxins in them".

"Unlike adults, particularly cigarette smokers, who commonly report a desire to quit smoking as a main motivator for e-cigarette use, youth are more likely to cite curiosity as a reason to try e-cigarettes".

Apparently, the "flavor" of the e-cigarette cartridge matters.

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.

Last week, a study of almost 70,000 people found that daily e-cigarette use can double the risk for heart attack. However, several public health groups, the CDC and the surgeon general's office believe that vaping first gets teens addicted to nicotine, which ultimately leads them to regular cigarette use.

"The way they advertise them is they have different flavors and different flashy packages so they look more like candy", Meza said.