THE TRUTH ABOUT POPCORN LUNG
There is no doubt that you have come across the condition known as ‘popcorn lung’ and along with it the chemicals known as Diacetyl, Acetoin and Acetyl Propionyl as a member of the e cig Ireland community. Although these substances are associated with this condition and sounds very scary to those who don’t really know much about the chemicals, these substances have been around for years and are something that most vapers have already been exposed to in far larger quantities than vaping provides. This is all down to smoking. As many vapers have previously smoked, they have been unaware that they have been inhaling diacetyl, acetoin and acetyl propionyl for years as these chemicals are largely found within cigarettes.
What Is Popcorn Lung?
Although the term popcorn lung sounds like some hideous malformation of the lung, it is actually down to the setting in which people developed the condition. This was mainly within microwave popcorn factories as it develops due to the frequent inhalation of diacetyl which is within artificial butter flavouring. The condition was developed over years of continuously inhaling the chemicals and in extremely large quantities. Popcorn lung involves scarring of the air sacks within the lungs which leads to excessive coughing. Unfortunately, the condition is debilitating and irreversible.
As mentioned, many vapers have already been exposed to these substances in vast quantities without even knowing it along with the many other harmful chemicals found within cigarettes. A recent Harvard T.H Chan Study tested e-cigarettes to detect if there was any presence of diacetyl, acetoin, and acetyl propionyl. The study revealed that ‘at least one of the three chemicals was detected in 47 of the 51 flavours tested’. This then led to horrifying headlines such as ‘E-cigarettes contain flavouring chemical linked to deadly ‘popcorn lung’’. Reading this study and these scary headlines left some vapers worried that they would develop the serious condition of popcorn lung. To conclude their study, co-author Dr David Christiani stated that e-cigarettes contain ‘flavouring chemicals that can cause lung damage’. What this study completely fails to mention is the levels found in e-cigarettes in comparison to those found within combustible cigarettes. In fact, this study fails to mention cigarettes at all.
To challenge the bad press electronic cigarettes received after the Harvard study was published, a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences named Dr. Michael Siegel posted further findings from other studies on his own blog. Based on a study from Allen et al. and a study from Fujioka and Shibamoto, Dr. Siegel compares the average daily diacetyl dose inhaled when vaping and smoking. In his blog, he states that the average inhaled when vaping is 9 micrograms, and the average inhaled when smoking is 6718 micrograms. Dr. Siegel then concludes that ‘daily exposure to diacetyl from smoking is therefore 750 times higher, on average, than exposure to diacetyl from vaping’.
Another person also came to challenge the Harvard Study. This was someone who is already a celebrity within the vaping community, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos. Although Dr. Farsalinos is a strong supporter of removing any diacetyl and acetyl propionyl from all e-liquids, he does note that the Harvard study creates ‘false impressions and exaggerates the potential risk from diacetyl and acetyl propionyl exposure through e-cigarettes’. He also states that, regarding the chemicals in question, ‘in many cases, levels of these compounds are absolutely minimal, and it is NOT expected to raise any concerns about human health effects. Additionally, the authors FAILED to mention the presence of these compounds in tobacco cigarette smoke. This omission creates the impression that e-cigarettes are exposing users to a new chemical hazard, while in reality their exposure will be much lower compared to smoking’.
We here at VIP are also strongly against the use of diacetyl, acetoin and acetyl propionyl within e-liquids. Hence, our e-liquids are completely free of these chemicals and have been through the active screening services of these compounds by UKAS accredited laboratories. Although we are against the use of these chemicals, we are also against the unfair press that electronic cigarettes receive due to studies which could suggest (to those who are unaware of the chemicals) that vaping is as harmful, if not more so, than smoking; and the suggestion that vaping is exposing brand new harmful chemicals to people when this is entirely not the case.
The fact that people are aware that certain chemicals may be found within e-liquids, does not mean that they are not found within other products. This is because the vaping community are honest and open about what our products contain. To get the particular flavour of certain e-liquids, some companies may include these compounds within their ingredients. If this is the case, it should be stated clearly on the bottle and packaging, enabling the vaper to make an informed choice. Reputable companies will most likely avoid diacetyl and so on within their products as VIP do, however, it is always wise to read the ingredients before purchasing an e-liquid to avoid any confusion.
In conclusion, do not allow your vaping experience to be tainted by scary headlines and bias studies. Everything in life comes with a risk but with VIP you can ensure that these risks are minimal. With our diacetyl free liquid, quality tested products and vast knowledge of the vaping industry, you can guarantee that you are in safe hands with VIP.