Research indicates vaping doesn’t stain teeth nearly as bad as smoking cigarettes does.
Most people know that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease around the world. This massive public health crisis has been ongoing for at least the last 70 years, as the public became aware of the immeasurable damage smoking caused. But even if smoking doesn’t kill you right away, there are other ways in which it decreases your quality of life. For instance, smoking is well known for causing disgusting discoloration of the teeth, but now research proves vaping doesn’t have this drawback.
When vapes first became popular around ten years ago, it quickly became a popular choice for smokers looking to end their dependence on tobacco once and for all. But with the harm reduction and smoking cessation benefits comes a few others. For instance, a report indicates neither e-cigarettes or heat-not-burn devices produce vapor which discolors your teeth. This news was met with excitement from many smokers who’ve become embarrassed about their smile.
The report was actually commissioned by none other than British American Tobacco, giving some people pause over the validity of the findings. But while we ought to take anything coming from a Big Tobacco company with a grain of salt, this particular report still has compelling findings. The team tested a heat-not-burn device as well as e-liquid alongside the control. The researchers used a set of bovine incisors to ensure valuable and accurate results. The team kept the samples in environments which mimic the human mouth, which included precise temperature and real saliva. The incisors were exposed to one of the three substances over a two-week span.
The researchers tested and examined the incisors at set periods during the report. The results were crystal clear after the two weeks had passed, as the teeth exposed to cigarette smoke had become fairly discolored, while both the heat-not-burn and e-liquid vapor hardly affected the color at all. The researchers concluded it was the tar found in smoke which is leading to the excess discoloration. They believe more testing is needed, but this report provides an excellent foundation for further inquiry.
This report provides another piece of context for why vaping should be supported, but it’s far from the most important. We’ve known since 2015 that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking thanks to a report by Public Health England. While that news was a big deal at the time, these days we get that sort of result reasonably often. In fact, a report published just a few months back concluded vaping has 93% fewer toxicants than cigarette smoke. However, the true level of harm reduction provided isn’t clear until you learn about the report in the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which concluded the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is 57,000 times higher than a demographically similar vaper.
Going past the harm reduction value, and we still have a ton to love about e-cigarettes. A report from the University of Louisville wanted to test the most common smoking cessation tools and methods. After collecting all their data, the team concluded not only is vaping effective, but it’s actually the single most effective smoking cessation tool we have. More impressively is the study by Action on Smoking and Health which asked over 60,000 teens about their relationship with vaping. They concluded only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever picking up vaporizers regularly, let alone making the jump to cigarettes.
Putting an end to the smoking epidemic is one of the most important things we can do for our society. As such, we need to improve the public perception of vaping. That said, there are other reasons vaping is preferable over smoking. We need all of the advantages we can get if we’re going to end the smoking epidemic once and for all. Especially with legislators continually working to restrict access to vaping, we need more research which supports the need for vaping rights. So even though it’s not a life-changing result, it’s still important we now know vaping doesn’t discolor teeth as smoking does.
Was teeth discoloration an issue for you personally? Will studies like this help more people quit? What’s the best way to teach others about the value of 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.