Vaping and Oral Health: It’s Worse Than You Think (Learn More, Videos)

Effects of e-cigarette usage (Courtesy of the Perio-Implant Advisory)
Effects of e-cigarette usage (Courtesy of the Perio-Implant Advisory)

January 10, 2019 – In Breaking News – Perio-Implant Advisory

Using e-cigarettes, referred to as vaping, works by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol that the user inhales.

The liquid in the e-cigarette, called e-liquid, is usually made up of propylene glycol, glycerin, flavorings, water, and nicotine, although some users will substitute THC for nicotine.

In practice, e-cigarette users tend to reach lower blood nicotine concentrations than tobacco smokers, although it is difficult to make a direct comparison because nicotine concentrations in e-cigarettes vary widely.

Reasons individuals vape include the following:

  • Smoking cessation
  • The thought that vaping is less harmful than cigarettes
  • Circumvention of smoke-free areas
  • Recreational enjoyment (1)

Researchers and anti-tobacco advocates are especially concerned that irresponsible marketing has made e-cigarettes appeal to a younger population who does not have a history of tobacco usage.

(E-cigarettes, vape pens and JUULs are marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. But these nicotine delivery devices are now being used at epidemic rates by children and teens. Our experts explain why they are not safe for kids and young people. Courtesy of MD Anderson Cancer Center and YouTube. Posted on Nov 13, 2018.)

Tobacco use among middle and high school students has been steadily decreasing since 2014.

However, since the introduction of the e-cigarette, that number is now increasing, and it is estimated that one in five high school students may now be using tobacco products. (2)

E-cigarette use from 2017 to 2018 increased 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students. (3)

Propylene glycol

The first danger of e-cigarettes is associated with the carrier product known as propylene glycol (PG).

PG is primarily used in the production of polymers…

(Vaping is smoking’s hottest new trend–just ask Leonardo DiCarpio who was caught puffing on one at the Golden Globes. The industry claims this is a safe alternative to cigarettes, but how much do we really know about the health effects of vaping? From The Vape Shop to USC’s Health and Science campus, Brent Rose explores this new trend and searches for answers. Courtesy of WIRED and YouTube. Posted on Mar 29, 2016.)

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