Vaping, or electronic cigarettes, is fast becoming a concern for us, your healthcare providers. Due to virtually no regulation and the targeted marketing towards young people, the U.S. Surgeon General has declared it a “major public health concern.”
Limited research exists for this new fad, but what we do know is that most vaping products contain the addictive chemical nicotine that, especially in keiki and young adults, can harm brain development, damage blood vessels, weaken the immune system, and make you four times as likely to smoke cigarettes. Further studies show that many e-cigarettes contain cancer-causing chemicals and toxic metals.
American Dental Association (ADA) President Chad Gehani, D.D.S. stated, “When it comes to your teeth and gums, vaping could be just as dangerous as cigarette smoking.” According to the ADA, “Tobacco use is causally associated with higher rates of tooth decay, receding gums, periodontal disease, mucosal lesions, bone damage, tooth loss, jaw bone loss and more.” Some e-cigarettes have literally exploded, damaging people’s mouths. Now that’s a scary thought!
Keiki and parents: Don’t be fooled by false claims that vaping is a helpful step to quit smoking tobacco, or by deceptive flavors like “banana split” and “cotton candy.” Vaping is harmful to the health of our entire ohana.
For more information: thetruth.com, mouthhealthy.org, hhs.gov, or stop by our office, Kalaheo Dental Group.