A published report, found in Oncotarget, says e-cigarettes cause a different type of health risk. After a long-term study, researchers at The University of Rochester Medical Center found that the steam or vapors released are detrimental to gum tissue. E-cigs have grown in popularity over the years, especially among young adults who perceive this device to be a healthier alternative, however, clinical studies are now being published that show the effects of e-cigarettes, on a cellular level.
The researchers concluded that electric cigarettes can damage the gums and thus increase the risk of tooth loss. The University of Rochester study revealed that the evaporated liquid in the e-cigarettes contains a variety of chemical compounds similar to tobacco. These compounds have an effect on fibroblasts and epithelial cells. The oral mucosa is our first line of defense against microbial infections, but clinical studies prove that e-cigarettes damage this defense. Damage to the protective mucous membrane can also have other health consequences. This damage increases the risk of infection, which can travel to other organs. Learn more about Oncotarget at Research Gate.
Researchers had smokers use an e-cigarette for 15 minutes daily. Studies determined, after just one day, smoking e-cigarettes for 15 minutes increased the death rate of oral epithelial cells from 2 to 18 percent. Doctors say the full extent of damage to the gums and mouth is determined by the intensity of smoking.
Instead of tobacco, a liquid, usually in a flavored aromatic, is heated within the battery operated chamber. Each time the smoker draws or puffs on the mouthpiece, the gums come in contact with the compounds, thus causing harm to the gum tissue. Other research has confirmed that certain flavored e-liquids may be more harmful than others. The University of Rochester study that was published in the medical journal Oncotarget can be accessed here.
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