It is commonly known among dentists and dental hygienists that patients who smoke are at higher risk for mouth cancers of all type than patients who don’t. But what is the impact of smoking e-cigarettes?
The American Dental Association this week announced new research results that show e-cigarettes are having negative health consequences and that vaping is causing more people to start a real smoking habit rather than quitting.
When they first emerged in 2004, e-cigarettes were promoted as a “healthier” alternative to traditional cigarettes for those who wanted the feeling of smoking tobacco without the harmful side effects. However, new studies are showing that burning vapors from the e-cigarette cause cells to release proteins which stress cells, leading to damage that could lead to various oral diseases. Another study shows that artificial e-cigarette flavors, especially cinnamon and vanilla, have a toxic effect on white blood cells.
Meanwhile, a study released on March 14, 2018, showed that in 2015, while 2,070 smokers in the US quit smoking with the help of e-cigarettes, another 168,000 adolescents who had never smoked began smoking after first trying e-cigarettes. The authors suggest that fruit flavors have created a draw for younger users. It is worth noting that the FDA has not approved e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid.
More details about the above noted research can be found on the ADA website and at the ADA Foundation.
–Courtesy of the ADA NEWS March 16, 2018