E-cigarette vapors kill cells, UCLA study finds

Youth now use e-cigarettes more than any other tobacco product, giving rise to sharp concerns among parents, health practitioners and public health advocates. However, evaluating the risks of e-cigarette use has been challenging due to the lack of research – at least, until now. A new UCLA study provides information about the harmful effects of e-cigarettes.

Published in the PLOS One journal, the study found that the toxic substances contained in e-cigarettes could kill the top layer of skin cells in the oral cavity and increase the risk of oral disease.

The UCLA research team conducted its study on cultured cells, exposing them to machine-generated e-cigarette vapor for 24 hours. As a result of a decrease in an antioxidant (glutathione) and subsequent weakening of the oral cavity’s defense mechanism, 85 percent of the tested cells died.

The research team indicated that a human study could produce similar results, and is planning additional studies with UCLA School of Dentistry patients who have used e-cigarettes.

More information about the study is available at dentistry.ucla.edu.

Topics: Oral Health

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