Oncotarget recently released findings on the harmful effects of e-cigarettes. The vaping process was created to shield smokers from the harm normally associated with smoking, ie. lung cancer. After Dr. Imran Rahman completed a study of vaping, he discovered the participants had a higher instance of gum disease. He concluded that due to the inflammation caused by juicing, the mixing of saliva with the multiple flavor used in vaping, inflammation of the gums is a consistent result.
Oncotarget is a medical journal that publishes peer-reviews covering many cancer related topics. It was established in 2010 out of Albany, New York and published by Impact Journals. It has co-editors in chiefs, Mikhail Blagosklonny and Andrei Gudkov. The research that Dr. Rahman published in the Oncotarget journal began by evaluating the e-cigarette phenomena. His findings resulted in the discovery that e-cigarette vapor was responsible for inflammation of the gums, DNA damage in human periodontal ligament fibroblasts, pooled cells, gingival epithelium progenitors and epi-gingival tissues. This confirmed that e-cigarettes can be directly connected to causing gum tissue damage.
Smoking e-cigarettes releases vapors, sending signals to the brain. The brain then releases anti-inflammatory agents. With the release of these agents, the cells of the gums are stressed. Exposure to this stress for extended periods of time can damage the cells and lead to inflammation and eventually gum disease. The study revealed particular e-cigarette flavorings could be more harmful than others. While e-cigarettes have gained popularity, like their predecessors they also contain nicotine. Even though the construction of the e-cigarette is very different than the common cigarette, they are powered by a battery, a cartridge holds and releases the e-juice, a heating device that heats the e-juice, transforming it into an aerosol that the user inhales. Now, that the effects of e-cigarettes has been found to cause harm additional studies are likely to follow to prove or disprove these findings.
Oncotarget continues to bring to light the effects of our environmental influences and lifestyle choices. Hopefully, further studies will be conducted and the appropriate measures will be taken as a result of the findings.