Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers

The latest report on teen smoking shows 20 percent of high school students have used at least one tobacco product recently - mostly e-cigarettes.

They are encouraged to use a safer means of taking in tobacco or give up smoking entirely.

A new study released Monday finds teens who smoke e-cigarettes have the same cancer-causing chemicals in their bodies as teens who smoke traditional cigarettes.

E-cigarette usage seems to be popular among many teenagers, despite the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have banned the sale of such devices to people under 18.

They said teenagers who try vaping are poisoning themselves with numerous same chemicals that make traditional cigarettes so deadly.

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.

The study was published Tuesday in the medical journal Pediatrics.

So until more information comes out, the jury could still be out on the e-cigarette debate. "Messaging to teenagers should include warnings about the potential risk from toxic exposure to carcinogenic compounds generated by these products". "In contrast, youth who have already begun cigarette experimentation represent a population at high risk of progression to greater levels of cigarette use later in adolescence and into adulthood", Benjamin W. Chaffee, DDS, MPH, PhD, from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and the department of preventive and restorative dental sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues wrote.

"Although e-cigarette vapor may be less hazardous than tobacco smoke, our findings can be used to challenge the idea that e-cigarette vapor is safe, because numerous volatile organic compounds we identified are carcinogenic", Dr. Rubinstein and colleagues wrote in the conclusion. And those who used only e-cigarettes had much higher levels than those who used neither product.

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

This was the first study to have investigated the presence of toxic, carcinogenic substances in the bodies of teenage e-cigarette users. High levels of acrolein, acrylonitrile, propylene oxide, acrylamide, and crotonaldehyde were found in the teen's urine and saliva samples.

Rubinstein noted that some of the toxic chemicals were found in the bodies of teens who used flavored e-cigarettes without nicotine. These included propylene glycol and glycerol, which, although approved by the FDA, "can form carcinogenic compounds when heated".

  • Sylvester Abbott