E-cigarettes have finally become mainstream, thanks to the fact they’re supposed to be far less harmful than regular cigarettes. However, despite the multitude of thumbs-up signals vapers have received from the scientific community over the past couple of years, a new study now claims that e-cigs are actually horrifically toxic. Here we go again.
Harvard researchers say that a chemical called diacetyl, which is believed to be capable of destroying bronchioles in lungs, is present in up to 75% of flavoured e-cigarettes. Long-term inhalation is said to lead to a condition called bronchiolitis obliterans, or ‘popcorn lung’ -- due to it affecting large numbers of popcorn manufacturer workers -- which is currently only treatable through a lung transplant. However, diacetyl is still considered safe to eat.