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E-cigarettes

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Smoking is an addiction shared among 42 million Americans. Now, a large number of those same Americans are turning to the ever-increasingly popular electronic cigarette. The e-cigarette is a battery-operated device that converts nicotine, flavoring, and other additives, into a vapor that you can inhale. As of July of last year, an estimated 2.5 million people were using e-cigarettes.  An alarming number of adolescents who have never smoked a real cigarette are also beginning to use e-cigarettes.  

Conventional smoking is known to lead to numerous health issues including gum disease, oral cancer, and lung cancer. Limited data exist to show the long term effects of e-cigarattes. What we do know is that you are inhaling nicotine which is the most common form of chemical dependence in the U.S. Nicotine in itself can cause harm to the teeth and gum tissues. Until further research is conducted, we encourage people to think twice before using e-cigarettes. Other avenues to help quit smoking exist.  

Many nicotine replacement therapies are available.  nhaler and sprays as well as medications such as Zyban and Chantix are available by prescription and patches, gums, and lozenges are available over the counter. Find a partner or friend that can be your support and hold you accountable. Focus on finding alternative methods to relax other than smoking. Replace the urge to smoke with exercise whenever possible. Quitting smoking can be difficult and may require multiple attempts but do not become discouraged or give up. For more information on this and other dental related topics, visit www.KnowYourTeeth.com.

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