The research states that one in four teens who vape have used e-cigarettes for a different goal than what they were intended for: making them create thicker clouds of vapor to give a strong throat sensation and intensify the flavors.
Researchers at Yale University surveyed more than 7,000 teens at eight CT high schools and found that among the 1,080 who report vaping with e-cigarettes, 26% admitted to having tried so-called "dripping" for reasons that include "a stronger throat hit" or "made flavors taste better".
Even though e-cigarettes contain fewer toxicants than traditional cigarettes they still contain different chemicals such as propylene glycol and glycerin "which when heated at high temperatures like with "dripping" can produce high levels of carcinogenic compounds like aldehydes", Krishnan-Sarin says.
"The risks of short term and long term use of e-cigarettes are not known", said Dr. Krishan-Sarin a psychiatry researcher at Yale.
People who drip say it tastes better and produces a thicker cloud of vapor, but it also increases the amount of nicotine and unsafe chemicals like formaldehyde.
The researchers reported their findings in the most recent edition (Feb. 6th) of the journal Pediatrics.
A Yale study has found that one in four teens have tried an alternative vaping technique which health experts warn is potentially unsafe.
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According to the CDC, millions of teens use e-cigarettes, and more start every year. Dripping refers to dropping the liquid from an e-cigarette directly on its hot coils to generate stronger sensations and flavors. In general, the process of vaping relies on the e-cigarette's wick (passed through a coil), and tank.
From those who answered more than 25% mentioned that they have tried an alternative vaping technique known as dripping. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention insisted that e-cigarette producers specifically target young people in their marketing tactics and offer appealing flavours, while the US surgeon general, Dr.Vivek Murthy, had declared that the product is risky due to some toxic chemical release.
Instructional guides and videos for dripping can be found on the Internet, the study authors said in background notes. "Nonetheless, it is also important to keep the science in perspective", he said. This was showed that more than 20% of them use an alternative vaping technique that can be even more risky.
"Adolescents should not be using nicotine at all", Wilson said.
Despite the health warnings, the use of e-cigarettes has increased in popularity, along with other alternative smoking devices.
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