E-cigarettes have been the latest trend in smoking. They have been promoted as a much safer alternative to smoking the regular and usual cigarettes. But of course, there is one old saying which goes: “If it is too good to be true…”
There has been a study about E-cigarettes, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and the results of the study were startling. It has been discovered that they may not pose the traditional cigarette threat, but that they raise a different one altogether.
Diacetyl, is the flavoring chemical used in E-cigarettes, which is linked to cases of severe respiratory disease that is more notably the incurable condition known as “Popcorn Lung.” The workers from microwave popcorn processing facilities who were inhaling the artificial butter flavor were the first exposed to this type of disease. This is a disease which is entirely debilitating and irreversible. It is a respiratory disease which causes scarring in tiny air sacs, in our lungs. It can actually lead to shortness of breath and excessive coughing.
The study has shown that the amount of diacetyl in 39 of the e-cigarettes exceeded the detected by a laboratory. Diacetyl, as well as some other related flavoring chemicals, are used also used in other different flavors beyond butter-flavored popcorns, such as in fruit flavors, alcohol flavors, as well as candy flavored e-cigarettes.
Another thing which was also noted is how scary these findings actually were, as the flavor names of this e-cigarettes also include cotton candy, cupcake, as well as other flavors which for sure will be attractive for young people.
But, this is not all. Because e-cigarettes are so new, it would not be a stretch to figure out that some other risks are most likely to show in the near future. The co-author of the study, David Christiani, Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics, said:
Since most of the concerns about health, connected with e-cigarettes, have focused on nicotine, there is still a lot more than we do not know about cigarettes. Despite containing nicotine (some varying levels of it), the addictive substance of the addictive substance cigarettes also contain some other chemicals that can cause cancer, like formaldehyde, and as our study shows, some flavoring chemicals that can cause lung damage as well.
After all, it looks like the fruity-flavored “safe” alternative to traditional smoking, may not be that safe as it has been said. Probably the best thing will be to cease any e-cig habits until further research is done on this emerging smoking trend.