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'Dripping' could be a new dangerous trend for teenagers who vape

One in 4 of schools teenagers who've used e-cigarettes have also tried a doubtlessly risky new vaping technique called "dripping" — losing e-cigarette liquid at once onto the new coils of the tool to provide thicker, extra flavorful smoke.

"Dripping," which differs from ordinary e-cigarette use that slowly releases the liquid from a wick onto a warm atomizer, can also expose vapors to higher stages of nicotine and to harmful non-nicotine toxins, such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde — As recognised cancer agents.

64% of the surveyed young adults said they dripped for the thicker smoke, 39% for the better flavor and 28% for the more potent throat hit or sensation, according to a Study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that warmth liquid and flip it into vapor — in preference to smoke — which a person inhales. one of the worries approximately e-cigarette use in teenagers is extended exposure to nicotine, Krishnan-Sarin said. E-cigarette can contain various degrees of nicotine, and dripping could reveal teenagers to higher ranges of the drug (according to the same study).

Even not all e-cigarette products include nicotine, increased nicotine stages can result in stronger throat hits, too. The study shows that dripping for these more potent sensations might also indicate dripped e-cigarette users are also using nicotine, though researchers did not specifically ask whether they were dripping e-liquid containing nicotine.

Yet as e-cigs have increased in popularity, so have alternative uses for electronic smoking devices, such as smoke tricks and competitions. Krishnan-Sarin said a variety of vapor patterns can be produced with thicker clouds, such as "tornadoes and rings."

The study asked 1,874 high school students in Connecticut whether they had ever used an e-cigarette and found that of the 1,080 teens who had, 282 or 26% had also tried dripping.

Additionally, dripping was most prevalent among white males and respondents who had tried more tobacco products or used an e-cigarette more in the past month.

The researchers asked only whether the students had tried dripping, though, not whether the dripping was habitual, an area of study Krishnan-Sarin noted needed more research. She also said that it is not known how dripping compares to conventional cigarettes in terms of toxicity.


Ray Story, CEO of Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, said the segment of e-cig users who drip is just a sliver of users, and he discouraged people from turning to dripping as a vaping method.

"At the end of the day, I don’t think they serve any kind of purpose. It's for monster clouds, and these individuals are manufacturing their own hardware," Story said. "Many of them really don’t have the background or ability to really put these things together. It’s a lot of the 'do-it-yourself' type guys that are into this."


Krishnan-Sarin, however, said more research is needed on the long- and short-term effects of e-cigarettes.

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