You all have heard about popcorn lung which is a condition caused due to e-cigarette smoking, well now, researchers have discovered yet another startling effect of e-cigarette usage.
The Journal PLOS One published a research which discovered that e-ciagette vapor contains toxic compounds called nanoparticles which damage the outer layer of skin cells in your mouth.
In other words, they have the ability to strip away the glutathione – which is sort of like a ‘firewall’ for cells – within that layer. Even 85% of the now-defendless mouth cells are killed by that pesky vapor.
As a result of that, your risk for a number of oral diseases as well as cancer is increased.
UCLA and its researchers conducted a study where they used a machine designed to mimic human e-cigarette smoking. Nowadays, they conduct human trials on these cigarette smokers in order to compare the results, and they expect them to be quite similar.
“Considering the increasing popularity of EC’s [electronic cigarettes] in the general population, there is an urgent need to characterize EC arsenols and assess their biological hazard on oral epithelial cells.”
They also urge health care providers to warn people about the potential risks of e-cigarettes based on their findings.
It Gets Worse
It should be mentioned that the risk presented in the UCLA study happen while e-cigarette vapor is still in your mouth, so we can’t even imagine what it happens once it gets further inside the body. Spoiler: nothing good.
Your immune system gets weakened due to e-cigarette vapors and they also make heavy weight champions of illnesses you would normally be able to combat.
Are They Really Safer?
There is a theory among people that smoking e-cigarettes is less harmful that smoking the regular ones, but unfortunately, there are several problems with that theory.
72.4% of current adolescent users smoke both electronically and conventionally. 32.5% of all adult e-cigarette users have either never smoked or had already quit when they began vaping. 62% of all kids aged 15-19 have smoked an e-cigarette.
Another problem with this theory is that the consumers didn’t begin using e-cigarettes until recently. This means that it takes time for the disease to develop and it takes even more time for the researchers to link them to specific activities.
So can we really be sure vaping is a safer option?
When we take into consideration the risks we already know about, we can’t even imagine what is still hiding around the corner.