26% of teen e-cigarette users "dripping" e-liquid

'Dripping' may be a new, dangerous trend for teens who vape

The Yale research team surveyed 7,000 CT high school students, and they found that among 1,080 e-cigarette users, 26.1 percent of students have tried dripping in the past, NBC News reported.

Dripping is when e-cigarette liquid is dropped directly onto the hot coils of an e-cigarette to produce thicker, more flavor-filled smoke, USA Today reports.

A new study focused on the way teens use e-cigarettes.

"The risks of short term and long term use of e-cigarettes are not known", said Dr. Krishan-Sarin a psychiatry researcher at Yale.

Experts are concerned that "dripping" could expose users to increased levels of toxins and carcinogens created when the liquid in e-cigarettes is vaporized at high temperatures.

The Yale study, the first to look at dripping rates among teens, recommends that more analysis be done on the toxicity of hot vapors produced by dripping, and that regulators consider imposing restrictions so e-cigarettes can not be modified for uses like dripping.

It's the first examination of dripping among teens, and it involved surveying teens from eight CT high schools in the spring of 2015.

"They say it makes the flavors taste better and gives you a stronger hit", Krishnan-Sarin said.

And they called for regulators to consider imposing restrictions to make it impossible to modify e-cigarettes for uses like dripping.

The authors called for additional research into the dangers of dripping and more education for youths.

"This is one of the reasons why teens seem to like these devices", Krishnan-Sarin said. Use of such "direct drip atomizers" (DDAs) may involve greater exposure to non-nicotine toxicants due to the potentially higher temperatures reached by the coil. However, the popular smoking technique has generated yet another hazard by way of a new trend: dripping. "It's for monster clouds, and these individuals are manufacturing their own hardware", he said.

E-cigarettes are far less harmful than tobacco products, a study appears to confirm. "It's a lot of the "do-it-yourself" type guys that are into this". The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in May 2016 that it would begin regulating all tobacco products made after February 2007, when the e-cigarettes industry began to grow. He said the industry does need rules and regulations, but he believes vaping can help combat conventional tobacco use with a less harmful alternative. In general, the process of vaping relies on the e-cigarette's wick (passed through a coil), and tank.

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