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. Dr. Mark Rubinstein, of UCSF's Division of Adolescent Medicine, and colleagues tested 67 teenagers who vape and found that among the e-cigarette only contenders the usage of fruit flavored items generated outstandingly excessive levels of the metabolites of acrylonitrile.
"There is nicotine in them, and that drives that to the brain, the part of the brain that can be very addictive", said Nancy Hans, executive director of the Prevention Council of Roanoke County.
Nearly 100 teens from the San Francisco Bay area were examined in the University of California-San Francisco study: 67 teens used e-cigarettes only, 16 used both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes and 20 didn't smoke or vape at all.
Rubinstein and his team's research will be published in the scientific journal Pediatrics this month. Sixty-seven used e-cigarettes only and 17 used both e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco cigarettes.
The group that used both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes had levels that were six times higher. Levels were three times as high as those who used just e-cigarettes.
This is the first-known study to look at the presence of potentially cancer-causing compounds in adolescents e-cigarette users.
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Among the compounds researchers have found acrolein, Acrylonitrile, CROTONALDEHYDE, propylene oxide and acrylamide, which belong to the class of chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCS).
They said vapers need to realise they're inhaling some of the same toxic chemicals found in smoke from regular cigarettes - not just flavoured water.
Apparently, the "flavor" of the e-cigarette cartridge matters.
'Moreover, numerous teens in my practice tell me that they feel e-cigarettes are safe and only produce "water vapor"'.