Moderate exposure to e-cigarettes’ vapors kills the cells in your mouth that protect the body from dangerous bacteria, according to a new study from the Université Laval’s dental school.
Researchers put epithelial cells, which line the mouth and repel bacteria, into a chamber and pumped in two five-second puffs of e-vapor each minute for 15 minutes a day. After three days, more than half of the epithelial cells died, compared to the 2 percent rate that occurs naturally.
The findings suggest that vaping ups risks of a variety of ills, including general infection, gum disease and cancer.
Also, pioneering research at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry offers the first evidence that vaping does as much damage to gums and teeth as smoking tobacco.
That study found that e-vapors cause cells in the mouth to release proteins that can cause inflammation and put cells under stress, leading to breakdown and disease.
Flavorings in the vapors, some more than others, can worsen the damage.
Recent surveys indicate that the availability of e-cigarettes has led to a 900 percent increase in teens smoking nicotine-delivery devices.
TRENDPOST: Now that the US Food and Drug Administration has been granted authority to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, look for increasingly restrictive regulations. By 2018, the increasing rate of vaping will begin to level off. They’ll be a lot vapancies for those retail spaces.