We have posted before on the dangers of e-cigarettes, and have always cautioned our patients against their use. A recent study show that e-cigarettes contain more cancer-causing agents than traditional cigarettes. In fact, one brand tested 10 time more.
Carcinogens found include chemicals such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde were found in several forms of e-cigarette liquid.
According to Tom Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of young people smoking e-cigarettes has exploded. Interviewed on NPR, Frieden said:
“Undoubtedly, the case that many of those kids are going to be dealing with nicotine addiction,” Frieden said. “It’s a tobacco product, it’s nicotine, it’s highly addictive, and once people are hooked on nicotine the possibility, the likelihood, that they will smoke regular cigarettes is significant.”
Frieden says he’s also concerned that people think of e-cigarettes as proven smoking-cessation devices.
“They may help some people … [but] none of these companies have gone and said, ‘Yes, we are going to take this to the FDA and market it as a way of quitting smoking,’” he said. “In contrast, what we are seeing is the tobacco industry purchasing many of the e-cigarette companies and thinking of ways to keep people smoking – not to get people to quit.”
A CDC study published this year found that teens who had vaped, or smoked e-cigarettes, were twice as likely to smoke traditional cigarettes.
Because e-cigarettes have many odors and flavors, including fruit, bubble gum and other sweet concoctions, it is difficult for parents to recognize when their child is vaping. And when asked about safety, many teens know that cigarettes are not good for you but believe e-cigs are safe.
At Perimeter Dental Group we hope that none of our patients use smoke, chew tobacco or vape. The risks are just too high. There are not statistics on cancer rates among e-cigarette users however rates of diseases, including oral cancer, are higher for those who use tobacco products. Learn more about how you can quit here.