About 1 in 4 teens in the U.S. are exposed to potentially dangerous secondhand vapors from e-cigarettes, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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What’s the Problem?
April 3, 2017 – The study found that as the number of teens using electronic cigarettes or ”vapes” has increased dramatically over the past decade, so too has the number of young people exposed to secondhand smoke from the devices grown.
Children who were exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke were also more likely to be exposed to secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes, CDC found.
The study indicated that teens exposed to secondhand smoke from traditional cigarettes were about 40% more likely to be exposed to secondhand e-cigarette vapors, compared to about 8% for children who were not exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke.
Among students who reported secondhand electronic cigarette exposure, 67% were current e-cigarette users. About 29% were former users and 16% had never used the devices.
Electronic cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product by teens in the U.S., after manufacturers targeted this demographic by marketing “candy-like” flavors.
CDC warned that aerosol is produced when e-cigarettes are heated, and that vapor is exhaled into the air, where non-users can inhale it or be affected by dermal contact. The vapor may contain harmful substances like nicotine, heavy metals and benzene vapors, which are known human carcinogens (cancer-causing substances).
Data from the 2015 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) found that nearly 25% of middle and high school students in the U.S. were exposed to e-cigarette vapors in an indoor or outdoor location at least once over the past month, which equates to about 6.5 million children.
The Surgeon General warned in December that e-cigarettes pose a serious health concern to the nation’s youth.
Do I Have an E-Cigarette Lawsuit?
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