As per a study by researchers at University of Rochester Medical Centre in the US, “Electronic cigarettes, often perceived as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes, are as damaging to gums and teeth as smoking.”
“We showed that when the vapours from an e-cigarette are burned, it causes cells to release inflammatory proteins, which in turn aggravate stress within cells, resulting in damage that could lead to various oral diseases,” explained lead researcher Irfan Rahman at the University.
“How much and how often someone is smoking e-cigarettes will determine the extent of damage to the gums and oral cavity,” said Rahman.
“It’s important to remember that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is known to contribute to gum disease,” said Fawad Javed, a post-doctoral resident at Eastman Institute for Oral Health, part of the University of Rochester Medical Centre.
“We learned that the flavourings — some more than others — made the damage to the cells even worse,” Fawad Javed said.
“More research, including long-term and comparative studies, are needed to better understand the health effects of e-cigarettes,” added Rahman.
The study was published in the journal Oncotarget.