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Kick the vaping habit say dentists

If you’ve been vaping to avoid cigarettes, there are healthier ways to quit both habits
For people with breathing disorders, particles generated by vaping can trigger an inflammatory response.

Whether you use sticks, pens, mini tanks or any other kind of vapourizer, the Ontario Dental Association says now is the time to kick your vaping habit for good.

April is Oral Health Month and along with the usual reminder to brush twice a day, floss daily and see your dentist, the ODA is warning against flavoured smoking, or vaping.

"There was a time when vaping was thought to be a healthier alternative to traditional smoking, but more and more studies are now suggesting that’s just not the case.," says the ODA in a news release. "While more long-term research is needed, particularly on how e-cigarettes affect dental health, the early results are not good."

Current data suggest vaping devices create a variety of chemicals and metal particles that are inhaled by users. These toxic levels may be lower than what is in tobacco smoke but some of these chemicals are known to cause cancer.

Dr. LouAnn Visconti, ODA President, says, “Increasing scientific research is showing us just how damaging vaping can be. Now is the time to take better care of your health and kick the stick, especially for young people, since vaping can open the door to other harmful behaviours like smoking cigarettes.”