Studies conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center reveal that the damage caused to the gums by electronic cigarettes is similar to one caused by conventional cigarettes. This study was conducted by Prof. Irfan Rahman and was published on Oncotarget. This research work was the first study to address issues surrounding e-cigarettes and their effects on oral health.
Effects of e-cigarettes on oral cells
In the recent times, electronic cigarettes have become popular among the youth and former smokers because they are thought to be healthier than the conventional ones. Before the emergence of the e-cigarettes, the traditional ones were believed to cause more harm because of their chemical composition. However, this is not the case since it’s the cigarette vapors that cause adverse effects. This study reveals that when burned, gasses from the e-cigarette cause cells to release some proteins that lead to the development of oral diseases. Additionally, most of the flavors found in the cigarettes also act to damage the cells in the mouth. According to Fawad Javed, one of the researchers, e-cigarettes contain nicotine and the flavorings cause damage to the gum and cells in the mouth. Visit Oncotarget’s profile page at Facebook.
Electronic cigarettes contain a heating device, cartridge to hold liquid, and battery. For a user to inhale the smoke, the battery has to be powered to heat the fluid to produce aerosols that are inhaled. According to Rahma, more studies ought to be done so as to understand the effects of e-cigarettes on oral health better. He also added that manufacturers need to let the public know the compositions of the chemicals used to make these cigarettes so that consumers understand the potential dangers they are exposed to. The National Institute of Health facilitated this study. Among the key collaborators were: Irfan Rahma, Georgios Romanos, Isaac Sundar, and Fawad Javed.
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