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Sources

  • Youth Who Vape Are 10 Times More Likely to Start Smoking Cigarettes Within 6 Months.
    Sources: TIME | JAMA/ American Medical Association
  • There Is Nothing Safe About Vape! Highly-Addictive Nicotine and Cancer-Causing Formaldehyde Are a Dynamically Dangerous Duo!
    Sources: New York Times
  • In Addition to Cancer-Causing Formaldehyde, E-Cig Vapor Also Can Contain Toxic Metals Cadmium, Chromium, Lead, Manganese, and Nickel.
    Sources: Medical News Today | Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Juul Has Such a High Concentration of Nicotine That It’s Banned in Europe.
    Sources: HAARETZ

Popcorn Lung- FAQs

BUT MY MANUFACTURER SAYS THEY HAVE STOPPED USING DIACETYL...

Some manufacturers, under public pressure, now claim that they are phasing out or have stopped using Diacetyl.

In its place, however, manufacturers are using a host of new chemical flavoring agents with their own associated risks. In fact, the latest research found that all nine common vape liquid flavors were dangerous to cells in the laboratory at the highest levels tested and all the flavorings impaired nitric oxide production in endothelial cells.

WHY DO VAPE MANUFACTURERS USE DIACETYL?

For the same reason that corporations use a whole range of chemicals in our foods: it’s cheap.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF POPCORN LUNG?

Symptoms include:

  • wheezing that is not related to another health condition, such as bronchitis or asthma
  • dry cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing deeply, especially with physical activity
  • unexplained exhaustion
  • rapid breathing
  • persistent skin, eye, mouth, or nose irritation if caused by a chemical

WHAT IS POPCORN LUNG?

Popcorn lung gets its name from a chemical called diacetyl, which was once commonly used to give food products, such as popcorn, a rich, buttery flavor. In fact, the condition was first identified among popcorn factory workers who inhaled the chemical in the workplace. Breathing in harmful chemicals, particles, or toxins can lead to popcorn lung. Food-flavoring fumes produced during the manufacture of candies, potato chips, popcorn, and dairy products, are major culprits. (source)

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