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FDA Does Not Require Diacetyl to Be Listed On Labels

Diacetyl has been under a lot of scrutiny in the last few years for its links to severe negative effects on the lungs. It is a flavoring agent that mimics the creamy taste of butter, and is used in products such as baking mixes, microwave popcorn, beer, and e-cigarette liquids. Recently, a study has linked consumption of the chemical to Alzheimer’s Disease. It has also been linked to lung damage that leads to bronchiolitis obliterans, a disease where the smallest airways of the lungs have become inflamed and scarred, severely restricting airflow. Lawsuits have been aimed at flavoring manufacturers for the lung ... Read More

New Study on E-Cigarettes Conclude: ‘Regular cigarettes are super unhealthy. E-cigarettes are just unhealthy’

A new study of e-cigarettes by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has been useful to peg the source of toxic chemical compound emissions and has discovered that temperature, type, and age of the device make a difference in the amount of chemical emissions produced. The study confirmed that the thermal decomposition of two solvents found in e-liquids, or “e-juice,” produces acrolein and formaldehyde when it is vaporized. Also found in most e-liquids is diacetyl, a chemical used in flavorings to mimic the creamy taste of butter. Diacetyl can be found in baking mixes, candy, alcohol, flavored yogurt, snack foods, cheese, and coffee. According to the FDA, ... Read More

North Hempstead Considering Law Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Customers Younger than 21

North Hempstead, N.Y., is considering the proposal to pass a law prohibiting e-cigarette sales to customers younger than 21. The proposed law is sponsored by Judi Bosworth, Town Supervisor, and will be discussed at a Nov. 15 public hearing. According to Bosworth, it is an ideal solution to the problem of protecting the youth of North Hempstead from the negative health effects of smoking. “By restricting the sale itself, instead of just regulating the ads, we will protect the health of our children,” Bosworth told the town officials at a recent board meeting. “Regardless of the location of the store selling cigarettes ... Read More

Smokers often unaware of e-cigarette risks; believe vaping to be ‘harmless’

When cigarettes were first introduced a century ago, makers claimed that smoking was harmless, similar to the claims of e-cigarette sellers today. Several decades later, cigarette use has been proven to cause cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and other health hazards. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable morbidity in the U.S., claiming more than 480,000 lives annually. Like traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Not only is the nicotine in e-cigarettes highly addictive, it also has potential harmful vascular and neurologic effects. Although vaping is promoted as being a smoking cessation aid, there is no ... Read More

E-Cigarette retailers Receive Warning Letters From the FDA Over Selling to Minors

Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) handed out warning letters to five companies that sell e-cigarettes, citing them for selling their products to minors. Since new regulations have been placed on e-cigarette marketing and sales, the vaping community and sellers have been reacting with fierce opposition. Rounds of warning letters have already been sent out from the FDA to e-cigarette sellers for products sold to minors, and now five more companies – iPuffVapor, Puff n Stuff Kissimmee Inc., Encore Vapor Inc., Mission Pipe Cigar Shop and Rize Vapor – have been recipients of the letters. As of the end of September, a ... Read More

Keeping Your Lungs Healthy During Healthy Lung Month

Although most people associate October with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is also known as Healthy Lung Month. The American Lung Association is publishing material all month with tips and education about how to take care of your lungs. First on the list of encouraging healthy lungs is not smoking. Cigarette smoke is a known cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Cigarette smoke also destroys lung tissue and can cause chronic inflammation of the lungs. E-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) now have the same FDA regulation as regular cigarettes because of dangers ... Read More

‘Popcorn Lung’ Can Return After Lung Transplant

Bronchiolitis obliterans is a serious lung disease that is commonly known as “popcorn lung.” The disease got its nickname for the five microwave popcorn plant workers that developed the disease in 2000 after long-term exposure to diacetyl, a chemical used as a flavoring that mimics the creamy taste of butter. Diacetyl is a naturally occurring chemical in the coffee bean roasting process, and is often added to foods and drinks that are enhanced by a buttery flavor, such as cooking oil, cooking sprays, baking mixes, beer and flavored coffee. It has also been found in e-cigarette liquids, which raises concerns about the ... Read More

$2.6 Million Awarded to California Man in Popcorn Lung Lawsuit

Last year, Tanu Vatuvei was awarded $2.6 million in a lawsuit against Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd., claiming they were responsible for his prolonged exposure to diacetyl that led to the development of bronchiolitis obliterans. Bronchiolitis obliterans, better known as “popcorn lung” for the eight workers at a popcorn plant who were diagnosed with the disease after prolonged exposure in the early 2000s, is a serious lung disease in which the smallest airways of the lungs become obstructed by scar tissue. The only treatment is lung transplant. The disease has been heavily linked to diacetyl, a flavoring additive used in foods to mimic ... Read More

FDA Issues Warning Letter for Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first warning letters last week to 55 tobacco retailers for selling e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars, which are newly regulated, to minors. The new regulations enforced last month make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah tobacco to anyone younger than 18, either in person or online. The restrictions also include the requirement to check the photo ID of anyone younger than 27. When the FDA moved forward with compliance checks, targeting major national retail chains, they found that even after the new regulations were enacted, minors were still able to purchase the tobacco products, ... Read More

Diacetyl, Acetoin and 2,3-Pentanedione Found in 92 percent of E-Cigarettes

In the early 2000s, several workers of a popcorn plant became ill with bronchiolitis obliterans – or “popcorn lung” – after they endured long-term exposure to diacetyl, a chemical used in flavorings to mimic the creamy taste of butter. Although many major popcorn manufacturers have since taken the chemical out of their microwave popcorn, people are still at risk for exposure. Diacetyl can be found in baking mixes, candy, alcohol, flavored yogurt, snack foods, cheese, and coffee. According to the FDA, diacetyl is safe when consumed in trace amounts. But when it is inhaled, the person is at risk for developing serious lung diseases ... Read More