The study indicates both Heat-not-Burn devices and traditional vaporizers significantly reduce the level of teeth staining
Everyone knows the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the world is tobacco. As such it’s one of the biggest public health crisis we’ve ever faced. But aside from the life-altering and threatening impact of smoking, there are less grave ways in which smoking makes your life worse. One common complaint of smokers is the horrible staining it does to your teeth over time. This used to be a problem that could only be solved by quitting or losing your teeth, but these days we have more options.
Modern vaporizers hit the scene about ten years ago and have since become a massive industry that helps millions of smokers reduce their harm every year. But there are other benefits to vaping as well. For instance, research indicates that second-hand vapor isn’t an issue as the particles dissipate almost immediately. But another benefit long touted by vapers has now been confirmed as new research indicates vaping doesn’t stain teeth nearly as bad as smoking does.
The New Study
Conducted by researchers working for British American Tobacco, the study was published in the American Journal of Dentistry yesterday. The team tested both a heat-not-burn device and a traditional e-liquid vaporizer along with the control. To ensure valuable results the team used enamel blocks made out of bovine incisors. These blocks were kept in conditions mimicking the mouth, including being kept in saliva to form a pellicle layer, while being exposed to either traditional smoke, heat-not-burn vapor, or e-liquid vapor over the course of two weeks.
According to the team the blocks were assessed before, during, and after the treatment to determine the impact of the smoke/vapor. It was obvious the discoloration of the smoking exposed samples, while both the traditional vapor and heat-not-burn samples had significantly less discoloration that was much harder to notice. They identified the tar present in tobacco smoke as the primary reason for the dramatically worse discoloration. The concluded by saying that more research is needed, but it’s reasonably clear that vaping is much less damaging to the color of your teeth.
While it’s fantastic news that vaping doesn’t discolor your teeth nearly as much as smoking does, it’s important to remember the real reason why vaping rights are so important. The evidence we have is clear, vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking and should be seen as a safer, but not harmless, alternative. Research published last fall indicates that the excess lifetime cancer risk, or non-genetically predisposed risk, of vapers is around 57,000 times lower than a similar smoker.
As if that wasn’t enough to prove that vaping should be supported, we also have plenty of reason to believe that e-cigarettes are the best tools we have to get people off of smoking once and for all. Research published by a team from the University of Louisville tested the success rate of all the most common smoking cessation techniques and tools. After collecting all their data, the team concluded vaping was the most likely to lead to a successful quit attempt, even beating out the prescription aids.
Ending the smoking epidemic once and for all is a critical issue. It should remain at the forefront of anyone’s mind when thinking about the importance of vaporizers. That being said, there are many benefits outside of their harm reduction. In addition to the smoking cessation value, we also know that secondhand vaping is a non-issue thanks to tireless work by research teams. So while this BAT study may not have the most significant impact on your health, it doesn’t change the fact that for many smokers, the discoloration the experience is a source of serious anxiety and embarrassment. So it’s fantastic to be able to say once and for all that vaping doesn’t stain teeth nearly as severely as smoking does.
Was the discoloration a reason you decided to switch from smoking to vaping? Do you think this study will encourage more people to make the switch? How can we best spread positive information on vaping? Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to check back here or join our Facebook and Twitter communities for more news and articles.