WEDNESDAY, August 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) – The danger of teenagers' lungs from e-cigarettes does not only occur in those who wrap: A new report finds many young spectators breathe in "secondhand" gases. .
Researchers analyzed data from the US National Youth Tobacco Survey and found that about one-third of high school and high school students were exposed to vaping aerosols in 2018.
There is about a 30% increase in incidence between 2015 and 2017, when about one in four kids breathed in water vapor.
The trend is "concerning" because a number of potentially dangerous chemicals are released by e-cigarettes, says correspondent author Andy Tan. These chemicals include nicotine, heavy metals, aldehydes, glycerin and flavors, he explained.
"The majority of studies have concluded that passive exposure can pose a health risk to spectators, especially vulnerable populations such as children and teenagers," Tan said. He is an investigator at the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in Boston.
Researchers noted that the rate at which young Americans are breathing in other people's steam gases is increasing, even though 1
Much of the second-hand exposure is from living with or being around people who use e-cigarettes, Tan's team said. The report was published online August 28 in JAMA Network Open .
Two experts not connected to the study agreed that there is real cause for concern about teenagers' health.
"The dangers of second-hand cigarette smoking have been well described in recent years, so it comes as no surprise that secondhand smoke from vaping can also cause harm," said Dr. Len Horovitz, a lung specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
He pointed out that for some young spectators, "asthmatic reactions are common, and with the growing trend of vaping and e-cigarette use, this has become a public health hazard."
Patricia Folan heads the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, NY She stated that "the high concentration of ultrafine particles in the aerosol can aggravate respiratory symptoms and cause blood vessel narrowing. Due to the chemical composition of the aerosol from some e. "cigarette devices, the exposed eye experiences skin and respiratory irritation. Research has also indicated that exposure to aerosol from flavored e-cigarettes can cause lung injury and disease."