Chocolate, strawberry and bubble gum are popular ice cream flavors — they’re also vapor flavor favorites. Much like ice cream, these tastes are one of the reasons consumers find e-cigarettes so exciting.
• Vape Basics
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that convert nicotine into vapor. While e-cigarettes seem to help smokers kick the habit, e-cigarettes also appear to attract new customers who have never smoked.
In 2014, 12.6% of adults tried e-cigarettes, up from 2.6% in 2013, and young users are dominating the demographics. E-cigarette use tripled among middle and high school students in one year.
Several studies have found lower levels of carcinogens in e-cigarette aerosol compared to traditional cigarettes, but both smoke and e-cigarette vapor contain chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
• The Oral Health Risks
Data is limited. There have been no studies conducted to analyze the effects of chemical mixtures (as opposed to effects of individual components) created by e-cigarette vapor on the mouth. The effects of long-term exposure are completely unknown.
The FDA does not currently regulate e-liquid manufacturing and Delta Dental does not advocate e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. Rather than substituting cigarettes with e-cigarettes, here are some suggestions to help you kick the habit altogether.