Harvard study says vaping can give you popcorn lung


The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently published a study that, according to their conclusions, 75% of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids contain a chemical called diacetyl. Diacetyl, when inhaled over time, is said to cause a condition known as popcorn lung. It gets its name from the fact that diacetyl is in butter flavoring and caused a number of workers at a popcorn manufacturer to become ill after continued exposure to the chemical. This will probably be the impetus for the government to come down hard on vaping but in my opinion the study (pdf) appears to be flawed.

First off the study mentions products that were deemed ‘appealing to youth’ numerous times. To me that make it seems like they already were biased against vaping and e-cigs to begin with. Secondly while they didn’t mention what brands they tested it seems to me that they tested brands that are available at your local convenience store. I wouldn’t be surprised if those brands cause respiratory problems since they taste like gasoline and are so artificially colored they’ll permanently stain your tank. Most people who vape get their juice from a reputable vape store with better manufacturing standards than the drug store brands. Lastly it completely ignores how many people have been able to quit smoking cigarettes for good because of vaping. While their may be an element of danger to vaping it is highly unlikely that it’s even remotely as dangerous as smoking.

Study shows e-cigs better than patches and gum


A recent study done by the University College London shows what many vapers and e-cig users already knew, that e-cigs are more effective at helping people quit smoking than the nicotine patch or nicotine gum and cold turkey.

Researchers surveyed nearly 6000 adults in the U.K. who tried to quit smoking at least once in the past year. Those who said they only used e-cigarettes to try to quit had a higher rate of self-reported abstinence (20%) than people who used OTC nicotine replacement therapies (10%) or no smoking cessation aids (15%). The differences remained after adjusting for the level of nicotine dependence.


I think the reason is obvious. The patch and gum have very rigid requirements. You have to decrease in a certain amount of time and stop using in this amount of time. What if you’re not ready to step down yet? Every person is a different case. Other can handle the steep decreases better than others, for the rest of us there is vaping where we can decrease the amount of nicotine we intake when it best suits us.

Let’s also not forget one important fact, one the FDA should realize as well. While e-cigs and vaporizers have been great in helping a lot of people quit smoking they are not marketed as smoking cessation devices. They are marketed as cigarette replacements.