Chemical Found In Vapes Linked To Irreversible Condition Called ‘Popcorn Lung’

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in News, World
Published 07.04.19
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I’m not a fan of the ol’ vape business, but I don’t really have an issue with people doing it.

Of course it’s a bit annoying when someone blows a huge plume in your vicinity and thinks it’s alright because it isn’t an actual fag, but for the most part vape users are alright folk like you and I.

Until recently, the general consensus has been that vaping is largely better for you than actual cigarettes, but new evidence seems to suggest that vaping can still cause long term health issues.

It all comes down to a chemical called diacetly, which is found in the flavours people use to vape with.

This chemical can apparently lead to a condition called ‘popcorn lung’ which is the inflammation of the bronchioles (airways) leading to symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue or wheezing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes the condition as “a serious lung disease that is irreversible.”

According to Business Insider, as part of a push to minimise e-cigarette use among teens, Silicon Valley startup Juul recently announced that it would be temporarily pulling flavoured e-cigarette pods from retail stores throughout the US.

“As of this morning, we stopped accepting retail orders for our Mango, Fruit, Creme, and Cucumber Juul pods to the over 90,000 retail stores that sell our product, including traditional tobacco retailers (e.g., convenience stores) and specialty vape shops,” Juul CEO Kevin Burns said in a statement.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement in September:“E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous – and dangerous – trend among teens,” . “The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we’re seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end.”

However, certain other studies have shown that in reality, there are much higher levels of diacetly in regular cigarette smoke than e-cigarette smoke.

Furthermore, while a 2015 study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found diacetyl in 39 of the 51 vape e-cigarettes it tested, the study did not prove that the chemical causes popcorn lung; only that some flavours contained it.

It seems to me like nobody really knows the health implications of vaping.

Shouldn’t they have done all this before the general public could get their hands on them?

(I don’t know how these tests work.)

If you’re unsure, probably best to just avoid cigs and e-cigs altogether.

Yep, that’s the moral of this story.

H/T: Business Insider

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