Smoking and Vaping
Whether smoked or
chewed, tobacco products are bad for your health and for your
teeth. Negative effects of cigarette smoking include cardiovascular
disease, increased risk for both oral and lung cancer, gum disease
resulting in tooth loss, stained teeth and bad breath.
The long-term safety of e-cigarettes is not yet established,
although initial data indicates that e-cigarette vapour damages
cells and lowers certain enzymes important in maintaining tissue
health and preventing cancer. E-cigarettes also increase the risk
of seizure, tachycardia, disorientation, airway resistance,
congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and second-degree burns from
Smoking and vaping can lower salivary output over time. Saliva
is required to counteract the effects of acid in food and
drinks. As a result, some heavy smokers and vapers can still
get decay even if they are brushing well.
What you can do: Quitting smoking is the
best way to decrease your risk. Visit QuitNow BC for help; it's a free,
confidential, quit-smoking program of the Government of British
Columbia, delivered by the BC Lung Association. The BC Healthy Living
Alliance also has information and helpful resources.