The media is a very strange place indeed. If you are looking for over-elaborate, exaggerated and sensational stories that are based on misinterpretations and misconceptions, then the media will serve you up plenty of dishes. This is particularly true when it comes to news stories that are on the subject of vaping and e-liquids. It is quite uncommon for a vaper to spend an entire month without having someone walk up to them and inform them about a a study that exposes the potential hazards associated with vaping. Well, it seems like it is that time of the month again and we have a brand new study to scrutinize and analyze. The recent study on e-cigarette consumption that has been gaining a lot of traction in the media claims to have established a connection between e-liquid inhalation and respiratory illness.
Diacetyl in E-Liquid Flavourings
The study was published in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, and was carried out by the highly distinguished Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The researchers involved in the study were able to measure levels of potentially dangerous chemicals in e-liquid products. Three of these chemicals include diacetyl, acetyl propionyl and acetoin. Among the three, the diacetyl is the chemical substance that has been raising a lot of concerns, especially among the consumers in the vaping community. There is a good reason for that. If diacetyl is inhaled for a prolonged period of time, then a person is likely to become a victim of brochiolitis obliterans. This condition is more commonly referred to as the popcorn lung.
Findings such as these are quick to catch the attention of the media, which has an affinity for negative stories on e-cigarettes. In fact, a claim of such proportion almost always spreads like wildfire on social media with jaw dropping and eye brow raising headlines such as “E-Cigarettes Linked to Respiratory Disease” and “E-Cigarette Smokers Will Have Popcorn Lung”. Undoubtedly, none of these headlines paint you an accurate picture of the actual scenario. Not only do these headlines mislead the non-vapers, but they can also affect the consumer confidence of vapers themselves.
Claims and Studies Should Always Be Investigated
There are hundreds and perhaps thousands of vapers who have considered giving up e-cigarettes and e-liquids right after reading news stories that are twisted to suit the requirements of the media organizations. This is why it is so important to meticulously and strenuously analyze each and every single claim before digesting it as the absolute truth. With a little bit of inspection and investigation, it will be very easy for vapers to realize that the study conducted by the Harvard University researchers does not actually establish any link between e-liquid vapour inhalation and respiratory illness. As a matter of fact, the same chemicals that were measured in the experiment and talked about over and over again in the media can be found in cigarettes as well. Thus, e-cigarettes are definitely not anymore harmful than cigarettes when it comes to respiratory illness. Cigarettes actually contain more of those chemicals than e-cigarette flavourings do.
Why Are People Afraid of Diacetyl?
To understand why diacetyl induces so much fear in the hearts of e-cigarette and e-liquid vapers, you need to learn a little more about the chemical substance. There was a time when diacetyl was considered absolutely harmless. It was used in food flavouring back in those days, especially in foods with a butter flavour such as popcorn. Nowadays, there is ground for us to believe that diacetyl is not exactly 100% harm free. That being said, this chemical substance is still considered generally safe and can be used in food flavourings. The problem arises when people try to inhale diacetyl. It is safe for consumption, but definitely not safe for inhalation. A number of workers in popcorn factories were developing lung problems because of inhaling the diacetyl used in popcorn flavourings. As a result of that, the disease bronchiolitis obliterans was given the simpler name of popcorn lung.
Making the Right Choice
As mentioned before, cigarettes contain a greater amount of diacetyl than certain e-liquid flavourings. It is also worth mentioning that not all e-liquids contain flavours with diacetyl in them. Therefore, as long as you are not smoking and are vaping an e-liquid that contains no traces of diacetyl, then you do not have to be afraid of being diagnosed with popcorn lung. Most of the e-liquid manufacturers in the United States are well aware of the health risks that are associated with diacetyl and produce safe e-liquids that are free from this and other hazardous chemical substances.
When you are purchasing e-liquids, make sure that you are buying from a brand that guarantees you that there is no presence of diacetyl in their product. Instead of becoming panic-stricken by the results of such studies, try to become an informed consumer who knows how to make the right choice every single time.