December 13, 2017 — A new study suggests that some types of vape liquids for e-cigarettes may be more dangerous than others, but it is difficult for researchers and consumers to determine what ingredients are in the liquids.
For example, the flavoring chemical diacetyl is commonly added to e-cigarette liquids. Breathing diacetyl is known to cause bronchiolitis obliterans, a lung disease nicknamed “Popcorn Lung” after it occurred in a group of popcorn factory workers who were exposed to diacetyl.
Advocates for e-cigarettes point out that a person who works in a popcorn factory for years is exposed to significantly higher levels of diacetyl than a person who takes a few puffs off an e-cigarette.
The problem is that e-cigarette liquids may contain hundreds of different flavoring chemicals — and the combination of chemicals may increase the toxicity when they are breathed into the lungs.
The other problem is that it is almost impossible for e-cigarette users to determine the chemicals in their vape liquid. Amanda Dickinson, a developmental biologist at Virginia Commonwealth University warns:
“Just because vanilla flavor or crème flavor is okay in your cookies doesn’t mean it’s okay when you heat it and then inhale it. It seems that it’s a roll of the dice.”
Dickinson’s co-authored a recent study that demonstrated safety hazards associated with diacetyl. She tested the effects of 6 different vape liquids on tadpoles, and found that “fruity” or “citrus” flavors were strongly correlated with facial birth defects in tadpole development.
The more complex flavor additives were also associated with higher rates of birth defects. For example, 70% of tadpoles that were exposed to an e-cigarette flavor called “cereal, berries, cream, citrus” developed facial cleft birth defects.
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