It May Be Safer to Eat Your Flavoured E-Cigarettes Than Smoke Them

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

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.

We'll keep an eye on this as it develops, though something tells us to expect plenty more mixed signals. Meanwhile, have a read of our round-up of the best e-cigs. [Telegraph]

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