One in four middle school and high school students in the U.S. claim they have been exposed to secondhand smoke from electronic cigarettes over the past month, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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What’s the Problem?
Some of these children had used e-cigs, but 4.4 million were not users and more than 1 million were exposed to secondhand electronic cigarette smoke only, the study found.
The research was based on data from the 2015 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), which found that secondhand exposure to e-cigarette aerosol was greater for girls (27%) than boys (22%). About 15% of black students reported being exposed, compared to 27% of caucasians.
Children who used electronic cigarettes or traditional tobacco products are most likely to be exposed to secondhand vapors because of the people they associated with, CDC found.
“People who use multiple tobacco products are also in social environments with others who use e-cigarettes or other tobacco products,” said Brian King, deputy director for research translation in CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health and a co-author of the study.
Last December, the U.S. surgeon general reported that exposure to secondhand aerosol from e-cigarettes is dangerous because it contains potentially toxic substances such as nicotine and heavy metals. Nicotine exposure can be particularly harmful because it can affect development of the adolescent brain, according to the CDC.
“We know that secondhand e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless, and it’s critical to protect our nation’s youth from this preventable health risk,” King said.
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