TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - You’ve probably seen someone you know or people, in general, using electronic cigarettes. It’s a growing trend across the nation. Antonio Laboy has even used them to help him stop smoking regular cigarettes.
“I’m trying to quit nicotine altogether. It’s not the flavor or anything that had me hooked. It’s the nicotine,” said Laboy.
He’s been smoking for the last five years. He told me that this is one habit that he wishes he would’ve never picked up. The misconception is that e-cigs are better than smoking regular cigarettes. Turns out, both of them have things within them that make each harmful to your oral health.
“Either way you want to slice it, its nicotine,” said Dr. Jeff Snoddy. He’s a dentist at Terre Haute Family Dental Care. He told me that e-cigs contain the addicting drug.
“Nicotine and any of the toxins that you’re talking about are still something you don’t want to put in your body,” said Snoddy. Some of the health problems you could see are tooth loss, or stomatitis, which is swelling and soreness in the mouth or even gum disease.
He says nearly 20% of his patients have or do vape.
“I recommend that people stay clear of any type of tobacco product,” said Snoddy.
Laboy agrees that people shouldn’t try it out even though it seems cool.
“You’re just replacing one thing with another,” said Laboy.