E-cigarette devices that have recently become popular as a new method to inhale nicotine without smoking the tobacco have been linked to a fatal chemical.
A chemical noted to have been the cause of “popcorn workers lung,” has been allegedly found in various E-cigarette flavors.
Bronchiolitis Obliterans, commonly known as popcorn lung, originally transpired in workers who inhaled the artificial butter flavor at microwave popcorn packaging plants.
A disease so detrimental that it is debilitating and irreversible. Popcorn lung is a condition similar to that of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), with agonizing symptoms such as excessive coughing and SOB (shortness of breath).
According to a team at the Harvard School of Public Health, the harmful chemical found in the VIP brand is Diacetyl.
Diacetyl is a flavoring agent that is a greenish yellow liquid chemical with an odor like that of quinone and contributes to the fragrance of butter, coffee, and tobacco.
The team at Harvard investigated 51 flavors of the public’s new favorite form of cigarettes. Investigators reported Diacetyl to be detected in 39 out of the 51 flavors. That is almost 75 percent of the flavored E-cigarettes.
According to researchers, the toxic flavors included Cupcake, Fruit Squirts, Waikiki Watermelon, Cotton Candy, Tutti Frutti, Double Apple Hookah, Blue Water Punch, Oatmeal Cookie and Alien Blood.
Although not involved in the study Dr. Gina Lundberg,a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and a heart specialist said: “Bronchiolitis obliterans is a horrible disease and nobody wants it, so it is horrible to see it in E-cigarettes.”
Inside Out, a broadcast on BBC recently reported having found the harmful chemical in the butterscotch flavor of the E-cigarettes. They reported having submitted to their results to the VIP of the manufacturing company.
In response Inside Out was informed that the manufacturing company also found “the chemical in their testing product and will now be removed from sales”.
So are the illustrious E-cigarettes less harmful than tobacco? The presumed belief was that E-cigarettes were less harmful as they supposedly contained less chemical elements.
Well, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) reports plans to regulate E-cigarettes.
Now that studies have linked E-cigarettes to a deadly chemical, I think it might just be safer to kick the habit.