A recent study from Harvard University of 51 different e-cigs found that 47 of them contained one of three toxins (diacetyl, acetoin and 2,3-pentanedione). The finding is alarming because those compounds, used to give flavoring to e-cigs and foods, and one of them (diacetyl) has been linked to a severe respiratory disease known as “Popcorn Lung.”
The ailment got its colorful name because it was first seen in an outbreak among workers who inhaled artificial popcorn butter flavor in processing facilities.
Continued use of e-cigs or vaping products with diacetyl appears to be directly tied to the disease, which causes “scarring in tiny air sacs in the lungs that lead to excessive coughing and shortness of breath.”
As you can tell, it’s pretty nasty stuff and flies in the face of some earlier reports that painted vaping as a healthy alternative to tobacco smoking.
While it can still be debated whether or not e-cigs and vaping are ultimately a good quitting tool or permanent alternative to traditional smoking, it seems that e-cigs might not be the picture of health that many people hoped they would be.
See the next page for an enlightening quote about the current state of e-cigs from an author of the study.