Carcinogens identified in the urine of e-cigarette users | AUA

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Takeaway

  • Two known carcinogens were identified in the urine of e-cigarette users. 

Why this matters

  • Further study is needed to clarify the safety profile of e-cigarettes and their contribution to the development of bladder cancer given the greater concentration of carcinogenic nitrosamines in the urine of e-cigarette users in this pilot study. 

Study design

  • University of Pittsburgh researchers compared the urine of e-cigarette users to that of non-smokers.
  • Urine specimens were examined for five known bladder carcinogens that are either present in traditional cigarettes or common solvents believed to be used in some e-cigarette...