Known as “vaping devices”, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have been consumed more and more on a global scale, in addition to being considered another factor in the transmission of COVID-19. Electronic cigarettes use chemicals in liquid form, which are incorporated, heated and vaporized. Such solutions may or may not contain nicotine. For this reason, many users of conventional cigarettes rely on the idea of stopping their addiction by switching to electronic cigarettes, with the justification of reduced harm. Despite a scientific knowledge still in formation, unable to remedy all the consequences that these cigarettes cause on the individual’s health, as well as their effects on the mouth, the purpose of this article is to discuss the main results that scientific studies have found on this topic and propose an awareness of the population about its harmful effects on health and transmission of COVID-19 by sharing among users.
KEY WORDS: electronic nicotine delivery systems; oral health; covid-19; delivery of health care; health education.
How to cite this article
CRAL, W. G. & MICHELS, M. Electronic cigarettes, oral health, and COVID-19: what you need to know. Int. J. Odontostomat., 16(2):307-310, 2022.