Vaping is said to be the healthier alternative to tobacco smoking. An e-cigarette doesn’t contain the same harmful chemicals as tobacco cigarettes have. But things will change now.
According to a Harvard study, scientists have confirmed that electronic cigarettes have lung-destroying chemicals.
This study came in after the release of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation that showed high levels of diacetyl in locally made e-liquids manufactured by companies claiming that their products are free of diacetyl when they’re really not.
The Harvard study was similar to a study conducted by a Greek researcher a year ago. But it was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Out of 51 samples that were tested, 39 of them had diacetyl plus menthol and other flavors that weren’t usually associated with the butter flavor that such chemical is known for.
The other flavoring chemicals found where 2,3-pentanedione and acetoin. The former is a chemical cousin of diacetyl, which is also toxic when it’s inhaled.
These chemicals can destroy the tiniest airways of the lungs, which can cause scar tissue buildup leading to airflow blockage. This condition can result in permanent lung condition known as bronchiolitis obliterans.
The Harvard scientists recommend urgent action against the widely popular e-cigarettes.
Will this study help in curbing the number of younger people who are using e-cigarettes? Some people are hoping that it will.
The problem with e-cig is that there are no requirements for manufacturers when it comes to testing their e-liquids. Furthermore, they don’t have standards that they should meet.
More and more people are vaping now to help them stop the habit of smoking tobacco products. But there are already cases of lung problems related to the use of e-cig.
Source: The Star
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