Cigarette Use Exposes Teens to Toxic Chemicals

Cigarette Use Exposes Teens to Toxic Chemicals

Cigarette Use Exposes Teens to Toxic Chemicals

A research that has been done by the scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, has revealed that the regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes share the same chemicals that prone to cancer development. Those who only vape had higher levels of certain chemicals in their body than traditional smokers and nonsmokers, tied to the "flavoring" used in many vape products. Both forms of cigarette use caused the presence of much higher levels of risky chemicals in the users' bodies, including acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide and crotonaldehyde, the team reported.

"So while it sounds very bad, 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. Research published this week in the journal Pediatrics finds that teens who only smoke tobacco-based cigarettes such as Marlboro and Camel brands have the highest levels of cancer-causing chemicals present in their bodies.

While fewer teens are smoking conventional cigarettes, e-cigarette use - or vaping - is growing increasingly popular.

To determine what chemicals teens are exposed to they tested the urine of 67 teens who smoke e-cigarettes only, 17 who use e-cigarettes and the old-fashioned kind of cigarettes, and 20 teens who don't use either.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information said acrylonitrile is a highly poisonous compound used widely in the manufacture of plastics, adhesives, and synthetic rubber. 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.

Acrolein "is toxic to humans following inhalation, oral or dermal exposure", the Environmental Protection Agency says.

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"E-cigarettes are marketed to adults who are trying to reduce or quit smoking as a safer alternative to cigarettes", Rubinstein shared.

"Although smoking even one cigarette is concerning, becoming an established smoker in adolescence is of substantial clinical and public health concern and is strongly associated with continuing to smoke regularly", researchers wrote.

Other teams have found other potentially cancer-causing chemicals in e-cigarette vapor, including diacetyl, the chemical blamed for causing "Popcorn lung" in workers at microwave popcorn packaging plants. Among e-cigarette-users, the levels of acrylonitrile were higher in those who preferred fruit flavors - compared to candy, tobacco or menthol flavors.

'E-cigarettes have the potential to addict the next generation, ' he said.

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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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