How Electronic Cigarettes Affect Your Health
Meant to be a “healthier” alternative to smoking tobacco, the e-cig can still pose serious health risks similar to traditional smoking. Not only do most e-cigs contain the highly addictive drug nicotine, but studies show that out of ten electronic cigarettes examined, three of them tested positive for hazardous chemicals such as formaldehyde. When these compounds turn into vapor they can break down in the mouth, nasal passages and airways causing various forms of cancer.
Although e-smoking does have some advantages over smoking tobacco such as a reduction in carcinogens, yellow teeth, and unpleasant odors, the potentially harmful vapors you are inhaling cancel any of the so-called “healthy” benefits.
E-cigs Can Weaken Your Gums
While most e-cig companies, such as these, promote a cleaner and healthier smoking experience, these new devices can still cause some serious oral and general health problems greatly because of the nicotine and how it’s delivered.
The problems with vaporized nicotine are the same no matter what delivery system you choose. The powerful drug restricts blood flow in your body, inhibiting the ability to fight off disease and create new cells, a function needed to keep our gums healthy. If gums start to weaken, gum disease, tooth loss, and other oral health issues will soon follow. The weakening of the gums also makes restorative dentistry more challenging.
While I realize that not all “vapes” contain harmful nicotine, it is hard to know exactly what goes into those flavored juices. James F. Pankow, professor of Chemistry and Engineering at Portland State University in Oregon who has studied the compounds of these juices at various temperatures, states that “the difference in e-cigarettes is the material that is heated and turned into hot gas as it cools is not tobacco, but two main chemicals […] When it gets really hot, unwanted reactions occur.” Pankow and his team found that vaping three milligrams of e-cigarette liquid at a high temperature can generate 14 milligrams of “hidden” formaldehyde, versus 0.15 milligrams of formaldehyde per cigarette a traditional tobacco smoker would absorb.
Exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals and has also been shown to cause cancer in some humans. After reading these statistics, I hope you think twice about inhaling vaporized juices altogether.