There has been a big push towards quitting smoking in recent years which has led to the rise in the use of electronic cigarettes, according to recent studies as many as 10 million Americans use e-cigarettes daily. While the long-term effects of their use aren’t currently known, there are studies that show blood vessel constriction, increased carcinogens in the body, and the risk of mouth cancer as early side effects. A Minnesota university studied the cells in the mouth of regular vape users and found changes in the DNA of the cell of those users.
Many people have been seeking to quit smoking along with many young people who never smoked previously have started using e-cigarettes and vaporizers. This is because they were perceived to be more discreet and safer than smoking regular cigarettes. This has left many scientists in a mad scramble to discover the long-term effects of these devices before it’s too late.
According to a study completed by the University of Minnesota, vaping increased the number of chemicals that are harmful to DNA. The levels of harmful chemicals increase exponentially in the saliva which can increase the chances of throat cancer and oral cancer.
The general public has known for quite some time that smoking causes cancers, even most big tobacco companies agree that their main product, combustible cigarettes more dangerous than electronic cigarettes. The public now views e-cigs as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes, so much so that 16% percent of most high school students are listed as having used or being regular users of the product.
While science has evolved and results can be seen much earlier than even 50 years ago, science isn’t able to keep up with the speed of changing trends. Early research suggests that e-cigarettes have the same effect on the blood vessels as regular cigarettes, and the number of carcinogenic compounds in e-cigarettes exceed that of the regular version. The same study revealed that most regular smokers who used the electronic version still continued to smoke combustible tobacco.
What You Should Know About Electronic Cigarettes
If you are not a user, you may be confused about how exactly vaping works. Here are a few points:
- A mix of liquid flavor and liquid nicotine are used to make the vapor.
- The Vapor is inhaled in the lungs like a regular cigarette.
- E-cigarette vapor can contain harmful toxins and carcinogens
- Liquid nicotine is just as addictive as regular nicotine.
- An e-cigarette has a chance of overheating and exploding.
- E-cigarette vapor liquids are not FDA approved for smoking cessation.
Every year there are at least 50,000 people diagnosed with cancer of the mouth or throat and the disease goes on to kill 20% of those affected, leading to users needing emergency dental services. The chemicals in smoke vapor, such as formaldehyde, methylglyoxal, and acrolein are known to adversely affect the DNA and can become a cause of cancer down the line.
How We Can Help
If you are looking for more information about the effects of e-cigarettes, Fort York Dentist is here to educate. Give our office a call at (647) 346-8888 to speak to a knowledgeable professional who can tell you more about vaping, or help you enroll in a cessation program.