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Dripping: Kids Are Trying This Potentially Harmful E-Cigarette Hack

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    In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, a man exhales vapor from an e-cigarette in New York.

    As many as a quarter of U.S. kids who are using e-cigarettes may be taking them apart and "dripping" — a method that gives them more vapor but a potentially higher hit of nicotine, researchers reported Monday, according to NBC News.

    They recommended more research into whether it's more dangerous for kids, and experts said parents should ask their kids if they've tried it.

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    "E-cigarettes are also being used for 'dripping,' which involves vaporizing the e-liquid at high temperatures by dripping a couple of drops of e-liquid directly onto an atomizer's coil and then immediately inhaling the vapor that is produced," Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin of Yale University and colleagues reported in the journal Pediatrics.

    "Among 1,080 ever e-cigarette users, 26.1 percent of students reported ever using e-cigarettes for dripping. Reasons for dripping included produced thicker clouds of vapor (63.5 percent), made flavors taste better (38.7 percent), produced a stronger throat hit (27.7 percent)," they added.