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Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers: Study

Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers: Study

Health
Using e-cigarettes has been promoted as a way to help adult smokers cut back or quit smoking, or at least to minimize the health damage that smoking causes. Teens, even middle schoolers, have taken up e-cigarettes as well. But as researchers continue to study their safety, a new report in Pediatrics shows vaping could lead to the presence of concerning levels of toxic chemicals. Almost 100 teens from the San Francisco Bay area were examined in the University of California-San Francisco study: 67 teens used e-cigarettes only, 16 used both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes and 20 didn't smoke or vape at all. Urine and salivary gland testing looked for breakdown products of toxic chemicals that have been associated with cancer -- and found them in both smokers and vapers -- but not ...
Do e-cigarettes damage blood vessels?

Do e-cigarettes damage blood vessels?

Health
MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 -- Nicotine in e-cigarettes may cause stiffened arteries, which can lead to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a small Swedish study suggests.With the dramatic increase in e-cigarette use ("vaping") over the past few years, questions have arisen about their safety. And while many people think the devices are harmless, especially compared with regular cigarettes, little is known about long-term effects of these devices, according to lead researcher Magnus Lundback, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm."Increased arterial stiffness has previously been demonstrated following exposure to conventional cigarettes," said Lundback, who is a research leader and clinical registrar at the Danderyd University Hospital."We think that chronic exposure to e-cigare...
How e-cigarettes can be used to hack computers

How e-cigarettes can be used to hack computers

Technology
Security researchers have demonstrated how e-cigarettes can easily be modified into tools to hack computers.With only minor modifications, the vape pen can be used by attackers to compromise the computers they are connected to - even if it seems just like they are charging.Giving a presentation at BSides London, Ross Bevington showed how an e-cigarette could be used to attack a computer by fooling the computer to believe it was a keyboard or by tampering with its network traffic.While Mr Bevington's particular form of attack required the victim's machine to be unlocked, that was not the case for all attacks.Image:The e-cigarettes can be easy to be modify. Pic: Ross Bevington"PoisonTap is a very similar style of attack that will even work on locked machines," Mr Bevington told Sky News.Anot...