dglobalnews.com Teens trying potentially risky vaping method called 'dripping'
Published: Thu, February 09, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Teens trying potentially risky vaping method called 'dripping'

Teens trying potentially risky vaping method called 'dripping'

One in four high school teens who have used e-cigarettes have also tried a potentially unsafe new vaping method called "dripping" - dropping e-cigarette liquid directly onto the hot coils of the device to produce thicker, more flavorful smoke - a new study found.

Among the teens surveyed, 64% said they dripped for the thicker smoke, 39% said it was for the heightened flavor, while 28% said it was for a stronger hit. Dripping may expose users to higher levels of nicotine as well as to harmful non-nicotine toxins, like acetaldehyde and formaldehyde, which are carcinogens. Users can modify their e-cigarettes for dripping, or they can buy atomizers built specifically for dripping.

Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, the study's lead author, said guidance on how to drip is readily available online.

To assess how often teens tried "dripping", researchers examined 2015 survey data from 7,045 students in eight CT high schools. "No", he said. Story, who was not involved in the study, believes there will always be an extreme group that uses any product, including e-cigarettes, in alternative ways. One of the primary concerns about e-cigarette use in teens is increased exposure to nicotine, Krishnan-Sarin said. They found more than one in four had tried dripping.

They recommended more research into whether it's more risky for kids, and experts said parents should ask their kids if they've tried it. Liquids used in these vaping products contain different levels of nicotine, and dripping means teens are exposed to higher levels of it. Krishnan-Sarin noted, "The teen brain has been shown especially sensitive to nicotine".

"I didn't know what to expect", Krishnan-Sarin said.

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"The other thing is, nicotine is addictive", Carpenter said.

Sixty-four per cent of the teens admitted they tried dripping to get thicker clouds of vapour so they could pull off smoke tricks. More than 26% of those who'd tried vaping also reported dripping.

Paul Billings is senior vice president of advocacy for the American Lung Association.

With flavors such as strawberry milk and apple cake, critics say e-cigarettes have now become a way to entice teens to start using tobacco products.

"All vapor products, including those that do not contain nicotine, should be kept out of the hands of youth".

The study authors refer to "studies on emissions performed with machines, but ignore evidence that actual human vapers recognize aldehyde production very early in its formation and find it so intolerable that they will quickly take action to ensure that it does not continue", he added. Pediatrics. Feb. 6, 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-3224).

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