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Study Links Consumption of Diacetyl with Alzheimer’s Disease

Talk of diacetyl has risen in recent years, especially after eight workers at a popcorn plant were diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans after prolonged exposure in the early 2000s. For this reason, the disease is also referred to as “popcorn lung“. Bronchiolitis obliterans is a serious lung disease in which the smallest airways of the lungs become permanently blocked by excess scar tissue. It is often misdiagnosed as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or even pneumonia because the symptoms are similar, with the patient experiencing a persistent cough, wheezing, shortness of breath and fatigue. The only treatment for bronchiolitis obliterans is a lung transplant. Diacetyl (DA) is used for artificial ... Read More

Clinicians Are Warned Against Recommending E-Cigarettes to Patients Who Smoke

The general impression is that e-cigarettes are much healthier than conventional cigarettes. Although conventional cigarettes are severely unhealthy, e-cigarettes are far from safe. Clare Meernik, MPH and Adam O. Goldstein, MD, MPH of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently published an article advising that doctors should never routinely recommend e-cigarettes to patients who smoke as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes. Drs. Meernik and Goldstein provide four reasons for their opinion: inadequate safety, poor effectiveness, little regulation, and an ethical commitment to do no harm. There is a lack of strong evidence to prove that electronic nicotine ... Read More

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

Texas Retail Popcorn Shop Worker Files Lawsuit Following ‘Popcorn Lung’ Diagnosis

Mary Harris worked at a popcorn shop in a Texas mall for 17 years. When she was diagnosed with an incurable lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans, she filed a lawsuit against 54 defendants, 10 of which are related companies, all of which produce or distribute flavorings that contain diacetyl. Diacetyl is used as a flavoring agent in products such as microwave popcorn, flavored coffee, cake mixes, prepackaged frosting, and many other types of foods and is used to mimic the creamy flavor of butter. It has been linked to bronchiolitis obliterans, better known as “popcorn lung” for the five microwave popcorn plant workers that ... Read More