Teens use e-cigarettes for 'dripping,' study says

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  • Vapers are more likely to spill liquids while dripping and so they risk exposure to toxic nicotine
  • Some chemicals released are associated with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

(CNN)One in four teens who vape say they've used e-cigarettes for an alternative technique known as "dripping," new research finds.

Dripping produces thicker clouds of vapor, gives a stronger sensation in the throat and makes flavors taste better, according to a study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
"This study is the first systematic evaluation of the use of dripping among teens," said Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, lead author and a professor in the department of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.
    Krishnan-Sarin and her colleagues surveyed teens from eight southeastern Connecticut high schools during spring 2015.
    Though some respondents did not answer all the questions, 1,874 students reported having tried an e-cigarette. More than 26% of those who'd tried vaping also reported dripping.
    Being male, being white, having tried more tobacco products and using e-cigarettes on a greater number of days over the previous month were the traits likely to be associated with dripping.

    What is dripping?

    E-cigarettes heat liquid and turn it into vapor, which a user inhales and then exhales in a large puffy cloud.
    The normal process of vaping relies on an e-cig's reservoir and wick, both of which automatically feed liquid to the heating coil within the device, minus any effort or intervention on the part of the user.
    Aficionados sometimes prefer to bypass the usual battery-operated process and substitute a more hands-on approach -- esse