E-cigarettes had been very popular since they were invented. Many smokers think they are much safer than tobacco, because they were introduced and promoted that way. But as the old saying goes “if it’s too good to be true”.
A study was done about E-cigarettes by the Harvard school of Public Health, and the results are stunning. The study has shown that they don’t cause the traditional threat like tobacco, but something much worse and different.
The chemical that is used in E-cigarettes is called Diacetyl, which cause many respiratory diseases, mostly the condition called “Popcorn Lungs”. This condition firstly was noticed in people who worked in popcorn producing factories in the microwave, where they inhaled the butter flavoring. The disease is very serious, and can be life threatening. This disease causes scarring in tiny air sacs inside the lungs. This may cause shortness of breath and coughing.
“The 39 e-cigarettes had enough diacetyl, for the study to detect these conditions. Other chemicals like diacetyl and also diacetyl, are used not only in e-cigarettes , but in many alcohol flavors, fruit flavors, butter-flavored popcorn, and candy flavored e-cigarettes.”
The research also found out that, this ingredient is also used in cupcakes, cotton candy and other things that many young people find attractive and interesting.
But since e-cigarettes are very new and had been used for a very short period of time, they have developed this disease, and who knows what will they cause in the near future. Elkan Blout, David Christiani were professors of Environmental Genetics, were the authors of this study and they said:
“We don’t know anything about e-cigarettes, since all the health issues are blamed on the nicotine of the e-cigarette. Besides that they contain nicotine, they contain other addictive ingredients and cancer-causing chemicals like formaldehyde, and as the study shows chemicals that are flavoring but may cause a lot of lung damage.”
It seems like it is not the best solution to grab the e-cigarette and say that you are safe, it is probably better to stay away from an e-cigarette until further researches are done and they develop a new way of use of e-cigarettes. Until then if you are a smoker stick to tobacco.
Here is a video of a man that got devastating results from an e-cigar: