A new study reveals that vaping could increase your chances of developing oral cancer

 

In a recent study, it has shown that vaping could increase the chances of developing oral cancer, the study was carried out by the University of Minnesota.

The study found that vaping increases the level of DNA damaging chemicals in the saliva such as formaldehyde, acrolein and methylglyoxal.  Exposure to these chemicals increases the risk associated with oral cancer.

Over recent years, vaping has become more and more popular, with a recent study showing 2.9 million people to vape in Britain.  Previously, Public Health England, said e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to our health than tobacco cigarettes.  Silvia Balbo, the lead investigator said “it is clear that more carcinogens arise from the combustion of tobacco in regular cigarettes than from vapour of e-cigarettes. However, we don’t really know the impact of inhaling the combination of compounds produced by this device.  Just because the threats are different doesn’t mean that e-cigarettes are completely safe.”

In the Public Health England report, it showed conclusively that the use of e-cigarettes has the potential to help reduce the levels of smoking.  Helping save people from the diseases caused by tobacco for example mouth cancer. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, said at the time. ” Smoking is the cause of many serious oral health problems including worsening gum disease, which is one of the most common causes of caries in UK adults. It is also responsible for the majority of mouth cancers and is the direct cause of thousands of deaths every year.  There has been a major trend recently towards the use of e-cigarettes, and they are now the number one quitting aid used by smokers.  Getting smokers to use safer forms of nicotine such as these can be highly effective in helping people to quit and something we fully support”.

E-cigarettes, while not risk-free are less harmful than smoking, however, at present, there is no evidence that e-cigarettes are a pathway to start smoking.

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