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Updates on E-Cigarettes


There has been a lot of news recently about E-Cigarettes.  Dentistry in the News has recently reported that

“E-Cigarettes can Leak Toxic Metals Into Vapers’ Lungs” (USAToday 2/23 ) .  Fox News reported the research team “tested liquids in the refilling dispensers from 56 Baltimore area vapers and found potentially unsafe levels of arsenic, chromium, manganese, nickel and lead. They also reported that the FDA, “has the authority to regulate e-cigarettes, but has not issued any rulings on the matter so far.” 

Medical Daily (3/14, Bharanidharan) states that when “e-cigarettes first emerged in 2004, they quickly became a popular, healthier alternative for those who wanted the feeling of smoking tobacco.”   However a growing number of studies are suggesting e-cigarettes are associated with negative health consequences.  Dr. Irfan Rahman, professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester has studied how e-cigarettes may affect oral health.  “We showed that when the vapors 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. ”   The artificial flavors can have a toxic effect on white blood cells.  The worst impact comes from cinnamon, vanilla and buttery e-juices.

The FDA is considering restrictions on tobacco flavors.  Commissioner Scott Gottieb MD said in a statement, “We need to take every effort to prevent kids from getting hooked on nicotine.”  Some flavors can be more harmful than others.  The FDA has proposed rule making that would bring down the levels of nicotine in cigarettes to “non-addictive levels” 

Researchers at Dartmouth College’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center found that “vaping has led more people to start a real smoking habit, rather than avoid tobacco or quit in favor of e-cigarettes.  The authors of this study, suggest that “fruity flavors” have created a draw for younger users, and recommend that “should be the focus of restriction efforts by the “FDA.  The Sun (UK) 3/14 reports that cigarette smoking “can trigger a host of dental problems, “such as tooth staining, periodontal disease, oral cancer, bad breath and leukoplakia.

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