The Harmful Health Effects of Vape Use

Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use, also known as “vaping,” has become an increasingly popular habit amongst teenagers and young adults. While there has been a lot of speculation over whether or not it is safe to vape, healthcare professionals generally agree that vaping is not a healthy habit, especially for young people. In fact, most (if not all) e-cigarettes contain nicotine—a drug that has scientifically-proven damaging effects on the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the human brain is not fully developed until the age of twenty-five. Therefore, if a young adult or teen uses nicotine products, they are effectively causing themselves neurological damage.

Is vaping safer than smoking tobacco products?

E-cigarette vapor contains fewer chemicals than cigarettes do—but there are still multiple harmful chemicals in the vapors. Moreover, there isn’t enough scientific research nor longitudinal evidence that tells us what these vape products do to the human body over time.

What are the health risks of e-cigarette use?

Recent studies have found that vaping does pose considerable risks for the health of teens and young adults. Some of these risks include (but are not limited to):

1) Increased risk of developing future addictions to drugs besides nicotine

2) Higher likelihood of smoking cigarettes in the future

3) Damage to parts of the adolescent brain that control impulses, emotions, attention, and learning

4) Respiratory damage due to the multitude of chemicals found in e-cigarette vapor

5) Increased risk for oral cancer as many vape liquids contain cancer-causing ingredients

How does someone quit vaping?

Quitting a nicotine addiction can be very difficult, but it is not impossible. For the most personalized quitting advice, speak to your healthcare provider about quitting options. The following are used to help quit nicotine addictions:

  • Oral lozenges designed to curb the habit of having something in the mouth
  • Medications that are specifically devised for the cessation of nicotine addiction
  • A nicotine cessation hotline developed by Truth Initiative that can be accessed by texting “QUIT” to (202) 804-9884

How does vaping harm oral health?

Not only does vaping negatively affect your respiratory and neurological health, but it poses the risk of oral cancer as well as other dental conditions. The following dental symptoms often accompany vape use:

  • Dry mouth, which increases the risk for tooth decay
  • Increase in bacteria
  • Irritation/Inflammation of the mouth and throat
  • DNA + cell damage = cell death
  • Cell death = Increased potential for tooth loss, bone loss, gum disease, bad breath, and decay

If you or someone you know has a vaping habit, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene as the risk for dental decay and gum disease increases with use.

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