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A Study Published In Oncotarget Reveals The Danger Of E-Cigarettes

The study looked at e-cigarette users gums and teeth at both the cellular and molecular levels. Many users believe that they are a healthier alternative than regular cigarettes, a belief that this study has thrown in doubt. To date, many scientists who have studied cigarettes believe that the chemicals found in cigarette smoke are what causes so many bad effects on users but this study seemingly defies that notion. Visit his profile on Google Scholar.

The University of Rochester Medical Center research study has shown that electronic cigarettes are a likely cause of damage to both the user's gums and teeth with as much damage as regular cigarettes. The study, which was published in the online peer-reviewed journal Oncotarget, was headed by Irfan Rahman, Ph.D. Dr. Rahman is a professor of Environmental Medicine at the university's School of Medicine and Dentistry. This study was the first scientific study that was done that looked at what the effect is on users of e-cigarettes and whether or not they are a better choice than conventional cigarettes. Learn more about Oncotarget at Research Gate.

Dr. Rahman explained his study. He said that the vapors that burn when an e-cigarette are lit cause the user's cells to release inflammatory proteins. These proteins then stress the cells which can lead to a number of oral diseases including cancer. He also noted that how much and how often a user smokes an electronic cigarette will determine just how much damage to the gums and teeth occurs.

It is the flavoring in e-cigarettes that makes the risks of using an e-cigarette worse, according to the study. Fawad Javed is a post-doctoral student who contributed to the study. He says that another important thing to keep in mind is that e-cigarettes contain nicotine which has been proven to cause gum disease.


E-cigarettes work through the use of a cartridge which holds liquid that contains the flavorings, nicotine, and other chemicals. This cartridge is warmed by a heating device which is powered by a battery. The liquid becomes an aerosol which the user inhales, much the same as they would a cigarette.

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Oncotarget is on target for medical research publications

According to Dove Press, in 2010 a medical focused journal called Oncotarget was founded and soon began to shine as an astoundingly prolific medical oriented journal. The editors in chief are Mr. Andrei Gudkov and Mikhail Blagosklonny, out of Roswell Park Institute.

Oncology is a highly specific area of medicine, which has primary focus on the treatment of cancer and this is the main focus of the medine inspired journal. However, this is only the primary focus, as they also make sure to include a variety of coverage pertaining to non-oncology related research in their publication.

Their publications are often available online and without any cost to their readers. This is primarily to provide an ease of access and viewership of their variety of medical data to as many people as possible, globally.

They have experienced such a large increase in their popularity, that they are now permitted to diversify their publication to covering such important medical areas such as neuroscience, cardiology, pharmacology and more, to name only a few.

They are renown for their extremely organized publication methods with a world renown and accomplished team of editors who are known for their high level of passion for the subjects that they author.

To make certain that they broadcast their information to a much broader range of viewership, Oncotarget is available on such well known social media sites such as Youtube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and others such as Google+.

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