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Potentially lung-damaging Chemicals Found in E-Cigarette Liquids

There are more than 7,000 kinds of flavored e-cigarette liquids available for purchase. These products, which are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are popular and flying off the shelves. However, a recent study found more than 75 percent of the flavored e-cigarettes and refill liquids tested positive for diacetyl, a flavoring chemical that is linked to obliterative bronchiolitis, a serious lung disease where the smallest airways of the lungs become scarred and restricted. It can only be cured by lung transplant. When researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found the flavoring chemical in the e-cigarette liquids, they ... Read More

Workplace Chemical Exposure is Eighth Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), more than 40,000 deaths happen each year due to chemical exposure at the workplace, making it the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S. In May of last year, PEER opened a Worker Right-to-Know website that will help people learn about chemical exposure based on the past 30 years of Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) readings. The website gives workers a guide to awareness and safety regarding workers’ health. Chemical exposures on the job eventually can cause cancer, neurological damage or breakdown, cardiopulmonary disease, and other chronic issues such as the “popcorn ... Read More

Doctors say toxic effects from vaping mimicked cancer symptoms

The FDA is reviewing the safety of using e-cigarettes, or vaping, as a healthier substitute for regular cigarettes. The agency has held public workshops discussing the safety of e-cigarettes, examining a few chemical analyses that have come back indicating that vaping liquids may contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals. A recent case of a 45-year-old woman referred to a clinic with abdominal pain and a fever have raised eyebrows on the potential toxic effects e-cigarettes have on the body. When the patient arrived at the clinic, she was ordered a full-body workup, which included a CT scan. The scan showed that there were nodules in the ... Read More

Diacetyl Commonly Found in E-Cigarettes: Is It Toxic?

At a public workshop event put on by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March of 2015 regarding electronic cigarettes and the public health, diacetyl was the center for discussion for its use in e-cigarettes, and its potential toxicity to the lungs when inhaled. Diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione (a diacetyl substitute) are chemicals that produce a buttery or creamy flavoring. It is found in microwave popcorn, flavored coffee, ready-to-mix desserts, oil sprays, and many more processed products. It is also a common chemical used in flavorings of e-cigarettes. The potential danger of diacetyl is alarming:  when inhaled, the person ... Read More

Diacetyl exposure puts coffee workers at risk for “Popcorn Lung”

Flavoring manufacturing workers and microwave popcorn workers are at risk for developing obliterative bronchiolitis, a serious lung disease, after being exposed to diacetyl, a synthetic flavoring agent used to mimic the taste of butter. Diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione (a diacetyl substitute) are produced by chemical manufacturers and is a volatile organic compound that can be found in microwave popcorn, flavored coffee, cake mixes, prepackaged frosting, and many other types of foods. Diacetyl is also a naturally occurring chemical produced when coffee beans are roasted. The ground coffee beans creates a larger surface area for these chemicals, which is why coffee roasting facilities ... Read More

Food Additives Producer Scales Back Operations Amid Diacetyl Woes

Chicago-based food-additives manufacturer Sensient Technologies Inc. recently announced that it will permanently close its Indianapolis, Ind., operations for “strategic business reasons” that are likely related to the company’s trouble with federal health authorities over its use of diacetyl, a chemical food additive that promotes lung disease when inhaled. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the Sensient Technologies will move its Sensient Flavors LLC division out of Indiana beginning July 29, a move that will end employment for 86 workers. The company had moved its corporate headquarters to Chicago from Milwaukee in 2013, terminating about 125 employees then. Sensient produces artificial ... Read More