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E-cigarettes aren't a good option after all!
People who think that smoking e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking real cigarettes is a viable option in order to reduce their body toxicity might have to go through that thought process again because a recent study showed that the teens who use e-cigarettes are equally prone to the toxicity that is found in tobacco cigarettes.

The study which was published in the United States journal Pediatrics analysed the urine samples of kids who on an average were 16.7 years old.

67 of the kids used only the e-cigarettes whereas 17 of them used both the e-cigarettes and the traditional tobacco cigarettes. Their results were then compared with 20 other teens who did not smoke and the comparisons revealed that the ones who used only e-cigarettes had thrice the level of toxicity of organic compounds as compared to the ones who didn't smoke. The teens who used both the modes of smoking, on the other hand, had three times the level of toxicity as compared to those who used e-cigarettes only.

The researchers are confident about the fact that the results of this study should serve as a warning for those who take to e-smoking as an option.

Lead author of the study, Mark L Rubinstein, MD, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, in one of his statements said, "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. Teenagers should be inhaling air, not products with toxins in them."

Among the compounds the researchers detected included acrylonitrile, acrolein, propylene oxide, crotonaldehyde and acrylamide. All of these belong to a class of chemicals called the volatile organic compounds commonly known as the VOCs. These toxic VOCs are also present in traditional tobacco products.

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