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60-year-old Vermont Man Suffers Acute Lung Injury After Using Cinnamon Flavored E-Cigarettes

A 60-year-old man in Vermont was diagnosed with hypersensitivity pneumonitis last year after suffering an acute lung injury following the vaping of “red hot cinnamon” flavored e-cigarettes. He first came to his VA hospital with weakness, chills and a cough. He was administered antibiotics and, three days later, felt “normal” when he returned home. But a month later, the man came back to the hospital with the same symptoms, along with a fever that wasn’t present before. The doctors ordered a CT scan, which showed a lung injury that is usually associated with chemical exposure. That’s when the man admitted to using “strongly ... Read More

West Virginia Woman Develops Pneumonia After Vaping

A 31-year-old West Virginia resident had only been vaping for three months when she developed a chronic cough. She was suddenly plagued by other symptoms as well: shortness of breath, weight loss and labored breathing, which are all symptoms of hypersensitivity pneumonia. When she sought medical care, she was admitted into the hospital and quickly transported to the intensive care unit due to failing lungs. Soon after being admitted, the woman went into respiratory failure. A ventilator was required to keep her breathing comfortably. Doctors at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center said the woman had started smoking e-cigarettes in an ... Read More

California Woman Sues E-cigarette manufacturers for Alleged Deceptive Misrepresentation of e-liquid products

Jennifer Cox of Orange County, Calif., filed a lawsuit last November against sellers and manufacturers of e-cigarettes, claiming “deceptive misrepresentation” of their e-liquids. The class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division is against Cuttwood, Molecule Labs and five others alleging violations of California’s Deceptive False and Misleading Advertising Law among others. Cuttwood is a brand of e-liquids used in e-cigarettes, and contains diacetyl (DA) and acetyl propionyl (AP), which, according to the FDA, is safe for consumption by eating or drinking. However, the inhalation of the chemicals has been linked to serious lung diseases such as chronic ... Read More

Vaping Community Unhappy with Harvard Study Showing Diacetyl in Majority of Flavors Tested

When a Harvard study was conducted of e-cigarette flavorings, it confirmed that 47 of the 51 flavors tested contained one of three closely related chemicals: diacetyl, 2,3 pentanedione and acetoin. The chemicals are used as flavoring agents. The study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed journal published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Diacetyl and its close cousins, 2,3 pentanedione and acetoin, have been under scrutiny in recent years because of their links to serious lung diseases such as bronchiolitis obliterans, better known as “popcorn lung” because of the popcorn flavoring factory workers that were diagnosed with the disease. It’s only treatable by lung transplant, so ... Read More

Sales of E-cigarettes Expected to Increase Seventeenfold in the Next Fifteen Years

With flavoring descriptions such as “an exotic fusion of pineapple and coconut with champagne infused blueberries” and “creamy milk chocolate and rich peanut butter flavors,” who can resist the draw of e-cigarettes? E-cigarette manufacturers have picked up on the increase of sales when there are a wide variety of flavors – more than 7,000 total so far – but public health experts are concerned with the addictive nature of nicotine in the vaping liquids, which opens the door to harmful chemicals sucked into the lungs. Many believe that e-cigarettes serve as a gateway to smoking tobacco, particularly for minors. E-cigarettes are far from “safe,” as ... Read More

Public Indoor Vaping: Should It Be Banned?

A public hearing was held last week by the Allegheny County Board of Health in Pittsburgh, Penn., regarding the banning of e-cigarette smoking indoors at public places because it “normalizes” the act of smoking. But many showed up to fight the proposed vaping ban. The county law being proposed would ban the smoking of e-cigarettes indoors in public places, just like regular cigarettes, as suggested by the Clean Indoor Air Act. The ban would restrict use at establishments that serve food and drink, and places with children present younger than 18. “Exercise became possible. I lost 100 pounds,” said 21-year-old Ryan Huntermark, speaking ... Read More

Vaping Lowers a Person’s Chance of Successfully Quitting Cigarettes, Doctor Says

Many people believe that smoking e-cigarettes, or vaping, is less toxic than using regular cigarettes, and that they’ll help with quitting regular cigarettes. However, there is little data and evidence to back those beliefs. Dr. Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, says that a person is not doing himself a favor by using e-cigarettes as a method of smoking cessation from regular cigarettes. Glantz has analyzed a number of studies that focused on the use of e-cigarettes to quit regular cigarettes. He found that vaping actually lowers a person’s chance of successfully quitting regular cigarettes by 28 percent. ... Read More

NIOSH Recommends Ongoing Assessments of Hazards Associated with Diacetyl Exposure

The food flavoring industry and flavoring chemicals have been under the scrutiny of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the last decade. Of particular interest is the use of diacetyl, or its substitute, 2,3 pentanedione, a flavoring that produces a buttery or creamy taste, put in a wide variety of products from bakery products, microwave popcorn, and coffee to e-cigarettes. NIOSH has even published a set of “best practices” guidelines for the chemical exposure. The concern has been the potential respiratory damage linked to exposure to the chemicals. They are naturally produced during the coffee-roasting process, but it’s the grinding of the ... Read More

Researchers study effects of e-cigarettes, vaping on the lungs

When e-cigarettes first became available, marketing ads boasted that they were far safer than cigarettes, because you were inhaling nothing but vaporized water and nicotine. Researchers began digging to try to find out exactly what is in the e-cigarette liquid and exactly what people are breathing when inhaling the vapors (known as “vaping“). Online publication The Daily Dot has been doing some research of its own, putting e-cigarettes to the test. Stanton Glantz, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, told The Daily Dot that e-cigarette liquids do, in fact, have toxic chemicals. ... Read More

FMCSA Issues E-Cigarette Advisory Warning of Fire Risks Aboard Commercial Vehicles

Federal transportation authorities have issued a safety advisory to the owners and operators of commercial motor vehicles warning them about a rising number of accidents linked to the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the advisory on August 3, explaining that the use of battery-powered e-cigarettes has resulted in explosions, serious personal injuries, fires, and other failures. “The explosions regularly involved the ejection of a burning battery case or other components from the device which subsequently ignited nearby flammable or combustible materials,” the FMCSA explained. The U.S. Fire Administration reported it calculated that 25 ... Read More