A recent study conducted by Dr. Hongying Daisy Dai, a professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and her team, revealed a concerning link between teen vaping and increased exposure to toxic metals like lead and uranium. The study, published in the journal Tobacco Control on April 30, 2024, analysed data from American teenagers participating in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Youth Study from December 2018 to November 2019.

Dr. Dai and her coauthors found that teens who frequently vaped had higher levels of lead in their urine compared to occasional vapers. Furthermore, those who preferred sweet-flavored e-cigarettes exhibited elevated levels of uranium. These findings underscore the potential risks associated with vaping among young people, despite a slight decline in its prevalence.

The study emphasises the need for further research to fully comprehend the health implications of vaping, particularly among adolescents. It also highlights the importance of educating both teens and parents about the potential dangers of vaping and the significance of making informed decisions regarding tobacco use.

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