While those who smoke regular cigarettes had the highest levels, the study said e-cigarettes also pose a significant risk, in part because they are often promoted as being safer despite containing numerous same toxic chemicals.
In teenagers who used both e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes, levels of toxic compounds were up to three times higher than in e-cigarette users only. In the case of teenagers who used both tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes, the concentration of toxic chemicals in the body was three times higher than in the case of adolescents who only vaped.
For the study, published March 5, 2018 in Pediatrics, researchers analyzed urine from a group of adolescents with an average age of 16.4 years.
"Electronic cigarettes generate nicotine in the vapor".
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While some regard e-cigarettes or vaping as a safer alternative to smoking, the study says vaping is still poisonous and fruity flavors popular with teens appear to be the worst.
"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", explained lead researcher Mark L. Rubinstein, MD, a professor of pediatrics at UCSF.
'Teenagers should be inhaling air, not products with toxins in them'. And those who used only e-cigarettes had much higher levels than those who used neither product. We can all probably agree we want our kids exposed to the least amount of cancer-causing chemicals as possible.
Seventeen percent of 12th-graders reported using some sort of vaping device, either with nicotine, a flavored liquid or marijuana, in 2017, compared to 13 percent in 2016, according to the University of California-San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.
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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.
"So while it sounds terrible, they don't compare it to cigarettes and they're not telling you what the levels in these devices are", owner of Norcal Vape Keri Hess said. Some of the harmful chemicals that the scientists tested for were acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide, and crotonaldehyde - all of which are listed as carcinogenic or potentially carcinogenic to humans.
"Acrolein is so toxic that it is used in chemical weapons", he told CBS News.
E-cigarettes are more an more used by teenagers because of the massive marketing campaigns that promote them as safe alternatives to classic smoking.
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