Teens Using E-Cigs Have Same Toxin That Are In Cigarettes In Their System

The same cancer causing toxins in cigarettes are showing up in teens who use e-cigs.

Kids as young as in middle school are taking up vaping and science is showing it isn’t the safe alternative to smoking as once thought.  A group of California teens were examined by the University of California-San Francisco and the results are unsettling.

Urine and salivary gland testing looked for breakdown products of toxic chemicals that have been associated with cancer -- and found them in both smokers and vapers.  They weren’t found in those who didn’t smoke or vape.

While those who smoke cigarettes had levels three times higher than e-cig users, benzene, ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile, acrolein and acrylamide were still present in vapers.  The most disturbing finding is the concentration is higher in fruit flavors vaping liquids as opposed to candy, tobacco or menthol flavors.

More studies are needed to see if any teens have developed cancer from e-cigarette use.  The concern is certainly growing.

Source: ABC News

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