A new law that has come into effect this May will limit the size and strength of e-cigarette tanks, along with banning certain ingredients including colouring and caffeine.
Health campaigners have praised the new law, claiming it could be a breakthrough in helping people to quit smoking, and could reduce potentially unknown side effects.
2.9 million Brits use e-cigarettes on a regular basis.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, welcomes the new regulations:
“E-cigarettes may well be a healthier way to access nicotine but it’s not completely problem-free. Nicotine itself limits the blood flow in our mouth’s tissues. Because of this, it seems likely that vapers may be more prone to gum disease. If you are thinking about switching to e-cigarettes or already use them, it is important to be extra attentive to the prevention of gum disease.”
“Many have found vaping highly effective in their bid to quit smoking but the long-term goal should be to do neither. There are many e-cigarette users out there who have vaped for three, four, five-plus years. Given the links between gum disease and wider health problems, it is important that over time, you slowly attempt to come off both tobacco and e-cigarettes altogether.
“By brushing last thing at night and at one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on sugary foods and drinks, and visiting your dentist regularly, you can not only develop and maintain good oral health but can also improve your overall wellbeing too.”