E-Cigarettes May Cause, Worsen Respiratory Diseases, Among Youth

Article ID: 617166

Released: 29-Apr-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: RTI International

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    Jonathan Thornburg

Electronic cigarette “vapors” are made of small particles containing chemicals that may cause or worsen acute respiratory diseases, including asthma and bronchitis, among youth, according to a new study by RTI International.

Jonathan Thornburg, Ph.D., senior research engineer and program manager at RTI International, can comment on the particles emitted by e-cigarettes and how it affects a teen's health. He is part of a research team that is studying the particles in e-cigarette vapors.

Annice Kim, Ph.D., senior social scientist at RTI International, can comment on e-cigarette advertising. She recently co-authored a separate study, published in the April issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine, that found ad expenditures tripled from 2011 to 2012.

Media contact: Lisa Bistreich-Wolfe, lbistreich@rti.org, 919-316-3596


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