The long term health effects of e-cigarettes have long been an uncertain debate. Many have argued that e-cigarettes are the better alternative to conventional cigarettes whereas others say they are just as bad if not worse. At this point in time, it’s better to be certain of the health implications of e-cigarettes due to their rising popularity and use, especially among the youth. According to an article written by California Dental Association, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has awarded $2 million to seven research grants to study the impact of e-cigarettes on craniofacial and oral tissue. The main issue promoting this study is regarding the aerosols that e-cigarettes produce when the liquid nicotine solution is vaporized. Sundar Venkatachalam of NIDCR says “we don’t yet know the biological and physiological impact of these aerosols on oral tissue or its microbiome.”
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