New UCF study links vaping to gum disease, cancer

ORLANDO, Fla. — New research shed light on the short and long-term effects of vaping.


A team at the University of Central Florida found there is an increased health risk including cavities, gum disease and cellular changes that could lead to cancer.

Dr. Claudia Andl is urging teens to take vaping more seriously, saying not enough research has been don on its long-term effects.

READ: Smoke from Canadian wildfires could drift down to Central Florida

The study did find vaping creates chemical reactions in the mouth that can destroy good bacteria and lead to a variety of health complications.

The research states that while vaping-cancer link has been suspected for some time, it has been difficult to prove because cancer takes so long to develop and vaping has been a recent trend, especially among young people who may not develop cancer for years.

READ: Student Loans: What President Biden’s new “SAVE” plan means for borrowers

UCF also points to recent legislation passed to help keep vapes out of the hands of minors saying despite those efforts, it’s still a problem.

According to the FDA and CDC, 1 in 10 people under 18 use vapes, and a quarter of them use digital smoking devices daily.

READ: Supreme Court overturns Affirmative Action: Here’s what it means for students

Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

Comments on this article