Vaping is often seen as less harmful to the body than smoking a cigarette. However, some recent research suggests that may not be the case. According to a recent Science Advances study, vaping may begin to negatively affect oral health a mere 24 hours of having taken an initial puff.
The study involved more than 100 participants consisting of smokers, nonsmokers, former smokers, and users of e-cigarettes. While each participant had a largely healthy mouth free of gum disease, the healthy mouth bacteria of e-cigarette smokers that help defend against diseases was coated in a layer similar to mucus that may negatively affect the immune system. Because the immune system doesn’t recognize what’s going on, an inflammatory response may occur as it fights off what it perceives to be a foreign invader affecting the healthy bacteria.
The research also appeared to suggest that vaping may not be doing much in terms of assisting with quitting the habit of smoking.
To read the study, please visit https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/22/eaaz0108.
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