Teen Vaping

Electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) use (aka “vaping”) is increasingly common among young people. Our group has examined patterns of use and toxicology of vaping among teens. An early study showed that the prevalence of vaping increased between 2009 and 2013 among young adults, and significant correlates differed based on whether use was to quit conventional cigarettes or not. A subsequent study showed that vaping was the most common strategy young adults used to aid a smoking quit attempt. In a final series of studies, we sought to identify the presence of chemical toxicants associated with vaping among adolescents. Excretion of metabolites of acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, acrylamide, and crotonaldehyde were significantly higher in those who only vaped compared with controls (all p<.05). We showed that while vaping may be less hazardous than inhaling cigarette smoke, it is likely not safe since many of the compounds we identified are carcinogenic.


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