Recently, a team of Harvard scientists made a grisly discovery. They found Candy-flavored e-cig liquid contains very dangerous chemical diacetyl and two other harmful compounds that cause a horrible condition called “popcorn lung“.
Diacetyl can cause bronchitis obliterans, a degenerative and irreversible respiratory condition. It often requires a lung transplant. Bronchitis obliterans is also known as popcorn lung. The history of the naming of “popcorn lung” is also quite interesting. Eight former employees of a factory in Missouri that made artificial butter flavor for microwave popcorn and inhaled diacetyl from the flavoring on a daily basis and developed wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, as well as night sweats and weight loss. Isn’t it a horrible condition?
But the worst thing is many people who vape with flavored e-cig liquids also inhale this chemical on a daily basis. Some of these people are kids too. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering regulation e-cigs like tobacco products, but for now, it’s still a bit of a free for all.
Studies found that safe vaping with nicotine-free liquid could still cause popcorn lung. “Since most of the health concerns about e-cigarettes have focused on nicotine, there is still much we do not know about e-cigarettes,” says Harvard professor David Christiani, who co-authored a paper on the new study.
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