E-cigarettes produce cancer-causing chemicals in bodies of vapers

Phillip Cunningham
March 7, 2018

Research distributed for the current week in the journal Pediatrics tells that teenagers who just smoke tobacco-based cigarettes, for example, Marlboro and Camel brands have the most elevated amounts of disease-causing chemicals exhibit in their bodies. But on top of that, there hasn't been a ton of research done on how damaging they can be to kids with or without nicotine - until now.

"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", lead author Mark L. Rubinstein, MD, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a statement. This trending, however, has been proved to turn e-cigs teens vapers into regular cigarettes smokers.

Dr Rubinstein noted that some of the toxic chemicals were found in the bodies of teens who used flavored e-cigarettes without nicotine.

"The wide majority of people that come into the shop are either trying to quit smoking or find something that's at least a little less harmful", Justice said.

The chemicals found in the e-cigarette clients' bodies were not ordered on the fixing rundown of the vape fluids.

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

"Acrylonitrile is a highly poisonous compound used widely in the manufacture of plastics, adhesives and synthetic rubber", the National Center for Biotechnology Information says on its website. High levels were also found in teens who used both traditional and e-cigarettes.


ABC News reported, researchers discovered that acrylonitrile was higher in fruit-flavored e-cigarettes and that was the most popular product among the adolescents. The teens were divided into three groups: e-cigarette-only users, cigarette and e-cigarette users, and non-users.

"We touch on vaping and electronic cigarettes and how electronic cigarettes also have some chemicals that have been found to cause cancer", Meza 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.

Levels of toxic organic compounds were up to three times higher on average in the e-cigarette users compared with the controls. In 2016, the CDC reported that 11 percent of USA high schoolers had vaped in the past 30 days.

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

Many studies support the theory that kids who vape are more likely to go on to use other tobacco products, but there hasn't been much hard evidence about how directly unsafe e-cigarettes are.

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