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Update: E-Cigs ‘No Better’ than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds
December 30, 2015 – Lab tests have found that vapor from e-cigarettes can damage or kill human cells, according to new research published in Oral Oncology. “Our study strongly suggests that electronic cigarettes are not as safe as their marketing makes them appear to the public,” the researchers said. “Vapourised e-cig liquids induce increased DNA strand breaks and cell death.” Click here to learn more.
Vaping Could Give You Popcorn Lung
December 8, 2015 – A study published today in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) found that diacetyl in vape flavors could cause a severe lung disease called bronchitis obliterans. The findings seem to contradict the belief that vaping is “95% less harmful than tobacco,” according to IFL Science. Instead, diacetyl and other compounds found in chemicals of the 7,000+ vape flavors currently available on the U.S. market might actually cause irreversible loss of lung function.
What is Diacetyl and Why is it Used?
Diacetyl is a yellow-green liquid found in many common household products. The chemical occurs naturally in foods such as butter, vinegar and honey. It’s also produced during the fermentation process, present in alcoholic beverages and foods like cheese. Diacetyl carries an intense buttery flavor, and is commonly used as a food flavoring.
In vapes, diacetyl provides the creamy taste contained in some e-liquids. Flavors such as butterscotch, custard and caramel are often made with diacetyl; however, despite being considered safe for ingestion by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the chemical is thought to be hazardous when inhaled.
The Cause for Concern
Diacetyl first made news in the early 2000’s, when it was connected to a rare outbreak of bronchitis obliterans among workers at a microwave popcorn plant in Missouri. Over the course of several years, the employees became ill with asthma and cold-like symptoms, which eventually worsened. As their symptoms advanced, at least 30 workers at the plant were ultimately diagnosed with the incurable lung disease.
Although the cause was heavily debated, many scientists believed that the workers’ bronchitis obliterans was caused by diacetyl, which is used to produce the buttery flavor in microwave popcorn. According to reports, diacetyl levels in the factory were 3x higher than normal. Lung capacity was dramatically reduced for the employees diagnosed with the condition, and one eventually required a double lung transplant. That worker filed a lawsuit and was awarded $20 million in damages.
Popcorn Lung Symptoms
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Scarring / hardening of lung tissue
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Skin Peeling
Diacetyl: The Buttery Flavoring That Damages Your Lungs
Click on the following link to listen to an informative discussion on the dangers of diacetyl exposure from the Leonard Lopate Show:
Vaping Side Effects
- Bronchiolitis Obliterans (aka Popcorn Lung)
- Fixed Airway Obstruction
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Diseases of the Small Airways
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Additional health problems
Do I Have a Diacetyl Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in diacetyl lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new vape popcorn lung cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with popcorn lung (bronchitis obliterans) from using a vape, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.