You could be POISONING your kids using e-cigarettes at home or in the car, experts warn

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You could be POISONING your kids using e-cigarettes at home or in the car, experts warn



PARENTS should STOP vaping around their kids, experts have warned.
They say there’s a “frightening” trend where people think it’s acceptable to use e-cigarettes at home or in the car.
Getty – Contributor Experts have warned of a “frightening” trend of parents to use e-cigarettes at home in front of their kids – warning it’s dangerous
One scientist warned the complacency is similar to how society viewed smoking 30 years ago.
It marks one of the first scientific studies to gauge parent’s rules about e-cigarette use at home.
Researchers at MassGeneral Hospital in the US found parents who vape are much more likely to allow e-cigarettes to be used at home or in their cars, compared with parents who smoke.’Alarming trend’
Dr Jeremy Drehmer, who was one of the leads on the study, said: “Our results suggest parents may perceive that it is safe to use e-cigarettes and are not taking the same precautions they do to protect their children from exposure to traditional cigarettes.
“This study shows that parents who are dual users of e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes are much less likely to prohibit vaping inside their homes than to prohibit smoking.”
His team quizzed 750 parents across ten paediatric clinics across America, including vapers and smokers.
They found just 19 per cent of e-cigarette users and 21 per cent of dual users had banned vaping at home and in the car.
And 56 per cent of both e-cig users and dual users admitted people used the devices in their cars when kids were present too.
Dr Drehmer said this was an “alarming trend”, and added: “We are concerned that parents have been misled by the marketing of vaping products and now believe that the aerosol produced by these products is harmless to children.
“Paediatric health care providers need to help set the record straight and inform parents that e-cigarette vapour is not safe for children.”
Throwback to ignorance over dangers of smoking
Meanwhile, Dr Jonathan Winickoff, who led the study with Dr Drehmer, warned these attitudes are similar to those society had towards smoking decades ago – before the true dangers of tobacco were realised.
He said: “Frankly, it’s frightening. It’s where we were with the exposure of children to combusted tobacco 25 years ago.
“Big tobacco markets e-cigarettes as healthy products without any consideration or warnings about the harms to infants and children.
“The truth is that all vape products create an invisible plume of nicotine and ultrafine toxic particles that spreads into the air and coats surfaces.
“Do people really want to wait another 25 years to see how this corporate experiment ends?”
Safer than cigarettes but NOT harm-free
E-cigarettes are recommended by the NHS as a means of helping smokers quit their habit.
The health service states the devices do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the main toxins in conventional cigarette smoke.
But studies have found the vapour does contain other harmful chemicals, though at lower levels than cigarette smoke, the NHS states.
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It adds on it’s website: “E-cigarettes are still fairly new and we will not have a full picture on their safety until they have been in use for many years.
“But according to current evidence… they carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes.”
Last week another expert admitted he has banned his family from using e-cigarettes after his team found they increase the risk of heart attacks and depression.
Other studies have shown flavoured e-liquids “destroy lung function and trigger deadly diseases”.
While other links have been found between vaping and the risk of stroke.
So while they may be safer for smokers looking to quit, there’s mounting evidence the devices are not harm-free.
The new findings are published in the journal Pediatrics.
Getty – Contributor The study warns parents should ban vaping in cars too, to protect youngsters

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