E-Cigarette Cancer & Juuling in Teens

What Are E-Cigarettes (E-Cigs)?

E-Cigarette Cancer Increased in Teens unsafe

E-Cigarette Cancer Increased in Teens

E-cigarette cancer chemicals have increased in teens.  Before we get into the details, let's review the background of E-cigarettes.  E-cigs are electronic cigarettes that have liquids that contain many chemicals including nicotine, and fruity and other flavors.  They are battery-powered and mimic cigarettes, but don't have the smell of smoke.  The liquid changes into a vapor due to the heat in an e-cig.  Hence, it’s also called “vaping.”


What is Juuling?

There is a new teen trend called “Juuling.”  Juuling is an e-cig that is thin, looks like a flash drive, and charge in a USB port.  A juul produces less smoke which disappears more quickly. Hence, teens are able to juul at school and home without parents’ knowledge.  In comparison to smoking cigarettes, one juul pod (cartridge) has as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.


What are the Signs if Your Teen is Juuling?

The signs of e-cigarette smoking & juuling are:

  •     Increased thirst
  •     Sore throat
  •     Caffeine sensitivity - they decrease their caffeine intake.
  •     Nosebleeds
  •     Higher rates of pneumonia


E-Cigarette Cancer Causing Chemicals

Juul Looks Like a Flashdrive

Juul Looks Like a Flashdrive

They’ve been advertised as a safe alternative to cigarettes.  They’ve also been advertised as an aid to stopping smoking.  Since e-cigs don't burn tobacco, they don't burn the same amounts of tar ans carbon monoxide.  However, e-cigarettes are unsafe, contain high levels of nicotine, and do not help in smoking cessation.  E-cigs and juuls have many cancer-causing chemicals (acrylonitrile, acrolein, acrylamide, benzene and ethylene and propylene oxide, and crotonaldehyde).


Study Showed E-Cigarette Cancer Chemicals Increased in Teens


In a recent study of 100 teens from the San Francisco Bay area by the University of California-San Francisco study: 67 teens used e-cigs only, 16 used both e-cigs and conventional cigs and 20 didn't smoke or vape at all.  Urine and salivary gland fluids tested positive for cancer-causing chemicals in teen smokers.  It revealed that teens who used e-cigs and cigarettes had three (3) times higher amounts of these e-cigarette cancer causing chemicals in their body fluids as compared to the teens that used only e-cigs.  It revealed that the teens that used e-cigs only had three (3) times higher amounts of these e-cigarette cancer causing chemicals in their body fluids as compared to the teens that didn't smoke at all.  Lastly, the study also showed that teens who used fruit-flavored e-cigarettes had significantly elevated levels of acrylonitrile as compared with those who used other flavors, such as menthol. 


Is Advertising Increasing E-Cig Usage by Teens?

The CDC has reported that teens view ads for e-cigarettes more than before; the exposure increased from about 69% in 2014 to about 78% in 2016.  Retail stores have exposed teens to e-cigs the most in comparison to other ads like those found on TV, internet, or magazines.  Since studies show that ads for tobacco products show increased use by teens, it is very likely that ads for e-cigs are also increasing use among teens.


FDA Sued for Delay in E-Cig Regulations

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its Maryland chapter, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, four other public health groups and five pediatricians filed a lawsuit against the FDA for delaying submission product-review applications for cigars and e-cigarettes until August 2021 and August 2022, respectively. This leaves children at increased risk of cancer and other negative side effects from e-cigs.


Learn & Talk About the Risks of E-Cigarettes with Your Kids


It is important to learn all about the signs, symptoms, and risks associated with e-cigarettes.  The U.S. Surgeon General has created a website with lots of information about e-cigs and how to talk to your kids about this.  Remind them to respect their bodies and care for themselves.  Positivity goes a long way.  Talk to them today about e-cigarette cancer in teens. 


Cadmium Jewelry Poisoning

What is Cadmium? Cadmium is a soft metal found in dirt. We all inhale microscopic amounts of this which doesn't cause any harm. However, touching this metal in concentrated amounts is known to cause cancer, permanently lowers IQ in children, results in learning disabilities, causes kidney and bone damage. In addition, in children, the amounts of this toxin continue to accumulate in the kidneys over time, affecting children's health more than adults. It seems that once the U. S. Congress banned lead in children's toys and jewelry in 2008, these manufacturers replaced one cheap metal with another cheap and more toxic metal. How could this happen? The manufacturers used a loophole; cadmium is banned in toys, but not jewelry.

In January of this year, cadmium was found in children's jewelry purchased at Wal Mart, Claire's, and a Dollar N More store. It was found that approximately 12% of the pieces tested contained a high level of cadmium. Most notably, some of Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" jewelry had cadmium. Children usually play with jewelry in their mouth. In addition, even if your child doesn't, she probably touches it often. Cadmium can then be ingested when she puts her hand in her mouth as most young children often do.

This month, there is another bombshell. Cadmium was found in teen and adult jewelry. Most of the jewelry shown to have high levels of cadmium was manufactured in China. However, some pieces came from India as well. A consumer environmentalist group, the Center for Environmental Health (www.ceh.org) found that approximately 7% of the pieces it tested contain high levels of cadmium, some up to 91% of the total weight of the item. The jewelry tested was obtained from various stores including Justice, Catherine's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Aeropostale.

Many of you may wonder what to do next. The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recommended that you throw away all of your children's cheap metal jewelry. If your child has any of the known affected jewelry, dispose of it immediately. If you would like to know if your child's jewelry is filled with cadmium, you can test it. Test kits can be found at www.cadmiumtestkit.com.

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