Vaping has become increasingly popular, especially with younger people, 21.7% of 18-24 year olds have vaped.
Many people take up vaping thinking that it is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.
That couldn't be further from the truth.
It is important to understand the long term hidden dangers for those who choose to vape.
WHAT IS VAPING?
Firstly lets get back to basics, vaping is using an electronic cigarette or vape.
Vapes look similar to cigarettes, pens, pipes or USBs and are battery powered.
e-liquid filled cartridges are inserted into the vape. These liquids are heated into an aerosol or vapour and are inhaled into the user's lungs.
Most are flavoured with fruit, alcohol or confectionary flavours to increase their appeal to young people
e-liquids can contain nicotine, artificial flavours and various chemicals.
Nicotine containing vapes have been banned in Australia since Oct 2021 (without a prescription), but research shows that 1 in 5 sold today in Australia still contain nicotine and so are still as addictive as smoking cigarettes.
Some vapes have been shown to contain as much Nicotine as 50 cigarettes.
Vaping is most popular with people ages 18-24 years old with at least 1 in 5 trying it.
DANGERS OF VAPING
Vaping is a relatively new trend and so more long term studies are needed into the affects of it, but we we do know that many of the same carcinogen (cancer causing) chemicals are contained in both e-liquids used in vaping and also in cigarettes.
Even the vapes that do not contain nicotine are dangerous for your health as they can contain the same harmful chemicals as found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and insect spray.
Vaping is not merely inhaling flavoured water vapour, the additional chemicals have the potential to cause damage to your mouth, throat and lungs and cause dental problems especially after repeated use.
DENTAL PROBLEMS WITH VAPING
The use of vapes and the chemicals that they contain change the balance of bacteria present in your mouth - this causes dental problems.
For those budding microbiologists the bacteria types causing gum disease for vapers and cigarette smokers include Fusobacterium, Bacteroidales, Selenomonas, Leptotrichia & Saccaribacteria.
This change in bacteria then leads to gum recession and this causes pockets in the gums which become breeding grounds for the bacteria that lead to more severe gum disease.
There are also additional risks from some chemicals included in vaping liquids such as Propylene Glycol - this can cause a dry mouth which contributes to further gum disease and also tooth decay.
FINAL MESSAGES Think twice about starting vaping as it is not as safe as most people think Avoid vapes that contain nicotine Research exactly where your e-liquids are made and what chemicals they contain Ensure you look after your teeth and visit the dentist every 6 months to especially check your gums
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