When electronic cigarettes made their debute a few years ago, they seemed to be a workable alternative to conventional cigarette smoking on endnote.com. Given all the proven detrimental effects of this habit, lighting up, especially in public was becoming increasingly harder to do. But e-cigarettes offered no odor! No noxious smoke polluting common spaces! And best of all, assured “e-cigarette” manufacturers, the “vaping” or smoking system used by these devices meant that while smokers got their nicotine hits deadly carcinogenic tar wasn’t being drawn into lungs.
While smoke shops and smokers’ rights groups immediately began singing the praises of this “healthy” alternative, others were more skeptical. Physicians indicated that they felt that any smoking was probably a poor idea and that more data needed to be collected before e-cigarettes went mainstream. One scholarly group that has accepted that challenge is Oncotarget. Founded in 2010 by two Roswell Park Cancer Institute employees, it is an online peer-reviewed medical journal that provides information on a number of cancer oriented topics.
Since its inception, the site has been so well received and utilized that it now accepts and archives papers on a number of topics including geriatrics and metrology. Authors are required to sign up before submitting papers, and all submissions must be accompanied by verifiable references on bioxbio.com. Researchers accessing these articles acknowledge or cite them, and these citations create a scoring system known as an impact factor, which in turn affects the paper’s importance as a scholarly document. Oncotarget has been able to participate in annual impact factors since 2011, and although there has been some slight statistical variation Oncotarget’s impact factor averages 5.0, showing the site’s worth as a scholarly resource.
And given the increasing popularity of vaping, it’s not surprising that more articles on e-cigarette use are appearing all the time. A study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center recently submitted a paper to Oncotarget on this subject. Despite manufacturer claims that these devices are harmless, the study showed tbat vaping causes the same degree of oral health issues that conventional cigarette smoking does. In particular, gum tissue cells begin breaking down, creating the potential for am array of oral health issues.
The good news regarding this is given the young general age of e-cigarette users, Oncotarget articles can easily be reprinted and published on social media sites, such as Google Plus, Facebook, and Twitter, where these articles will hopefully find a large and receptive audience.