E-Cigs and Oral Health: James Experts Studying Rising Trend's Impact

As the popularity of vaping continues to rise, Ohio State experts are studying the possible effects of e-cigarettes on oral health.

The statewide study, led by oral surgeon Purnima Kumar, PhD, DDS, is focused on the potential impacts of e-cigarette usage on young adults—particularly any effects on oral cavities.

The study is part of a wider effort at The James to gain a better understanding of the health effects of e-cigs, which have grown in usage by 600 percent in the U.S. over the past decade and are expected to continue to gain users over the coming years.

“In 2023, the e-cig business is supposed to be $44 billion. There are 400 brands. There are over 7,000 flavors,” Kumar says. “We really don’t know anything about their effects on health—if they have an impact on health or if they are completely safe to use.”