E-Cigarettes Tied to “Popcorn Lung”

A new study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives has found that 75% of flavored electronic cigarette liquids contain Diacetyl. Diacetyl, in case you didn’t know, has been linked to severe cases of respiratory disease and can lead to what is known as “Popcorn Lung”. “Popcorn Lung” got it’s name because it first appeared in factories that produced microwave popcorn. Diacetyl was used to reproduce the butter flavor. It is slowly being removed from most microwave popcorn. It apparently migrated to e-cig juice.

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Two other chemicals, acetoin and 2,3-pentanedione both of which have been identified as “High Priority” because of their link to respiratory hazards were also found in several e-cig juices.

You can read more about the study online.

A New Danger from E-Cigarettes


We’ve talked about the dangers of E-Cigarettes before on this blog here, here and here but the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has just issued a new E-Cigarette warning. Seems that when they are left in handbag and luggage they can overheat.

In a couple of different instances airline passengers found that simply switching them off is not good enough. One passenger found several items in her carry-on luggage melted after she turned her E-cigs off and stuffed it in her bag.

Because it is a personal electronic device that is powered by a lithium battery there is a potential danger from overheating.

A spokemen for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is quoted as saying: “The passenger said that the safety switch on the e-cigarette was off. If the timing was even a little different, it could have resulted in a fire on board the aircraft during flight,

It’s bad enough having to worry about terrorists taking down the plane, apparently now we’ve got to start worrying about E-cigs as well.

E-cigs aren’t working to help people quit smoking

E-cigarettes were supposed to be the greatest invention since the patch in helping millions of people quit smoking. Designed to deliver the nicotine without all the other harmful substances that are inhaled with traditional smoking it was supposed to turn smokers into non-smokers.

Problem is that neither of the above premise are actually true.

1. We’ve talked before on this blog about the fact that e-cigs were never really tested and that they were released for use with no real study about what, in fact, e-cig inhalers were, in fact inhaling. Turns out that besides the nicotine you’re actually inhaling metal and silicate particles. Doesn’t take a long-term study to conclude that this can’t be good for you. It may actually create a greater problem down the road than regular smoking.

2. They don’t actually help smokers quit. According to a new study by the Journal of Internal Medicine, “One randomized trial comparing e-cigarettes with and without nicotine with a nicotine patch found no differences in 6-month quit rates.” In other words they just don’t help smokers kick the habit.

Back to the drawing-board to find a miracle, overnight cure to help smokers quit.

E Cigarette liquid nicotine child poison hazards

E- Cigarette Child Poisoning Dangers

Electronic cigarettes are gaining popularity because they are marketed as a safer alternative to smoking. An increasing amount of children have been checking into the Texas Poison Center for electronic-cigarette poisoning .According to the poison center, 52 percent of the calls for e-cigarette exposure involved children under the age of five, from 2009 to 2013.E-cigarettes are battery-powered, and the liquid mixture inside the device contains nicotine.

But the Amarillo Poison Control Center says there are other dangers surrounding the device that parents should be aware of. Registered Nurse Cristie Johnston says a recent spike in phone calls, about e-cigarette poisonings, are causing concern. “In 2011, we had maybe 10 cases. But, last year we had over 100 cases reported, and those are just the ones we get calls about,” she said. The highly concentrated solution that goes into the electronic device is to blame. In many cases, children are drinking the liquid which can be very harmful.

The Poison Control Center says even just a small amount can lead to vomiting, sweating and seizures, which in some cases can lead to death. “It used to be that we were worried about cigarettes,” Johnston said. “One cigarette used to send a kid to a hospital and now it’s just a little bit of that concentrated liquid.”

With colorful casings and a variety of flavors, Johnston says the devices can be appealing to children, especially toddlers, who often put things in their mouths. “If they can walk, if they can crawl and they can pull up, they can get Of course, if you think your child has gotten a hold of your e-cigarette, contact Poison Control or call 9-1-1.into stuff,” she said. The best thing to do to protect your children, is lock up your e-cigarette when you are not using it.


Children are especially drawn to the colorful liquid refills, which are often candy-flavored. You can buy e-cigarettes that taste like chocolate, bubble gum and cotton candy, in addition to other tobacco flavors. It seems pretty easy for [children] to have, maybe, a couple of drops of the liquid refill and for them to die. Children don’t even have to swallow the liquid to be hurt by it. The nicotine in it can be easily absorbed through the skin. Little kids can get toxic just by getting some on their skin.


Today, there are a few hundred different brands of e-cigarettes on the market. The FDA does not regulate what’s in them. It’s not regulated what exactly is in there, and the ones that have been tested show some dangerous chemicals including anti-freeze. There now is large calling to install child safety caps for the refill bottles. E Cigarette users should to make sure refills and e-cigarettes are stored out of the reach of children at all times. It seems inevitable that a child somewhere in the United States will probably ingest quite a bit and get very sick.


Symptoms of severe nicotine exposure include a pale appearance, flushing, sweating, headache, dizziness, hyperactivity or restlessness, vomiting, diarrhea, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, salivation and teary eyes. In very severe cases, the heart rate and blood pressure begin to drop to dangerously low levels and the patient can lapse into a coma, followed by difficulty breathing and even death.

When on the skin, nicotine in liquid form is easily absorbed. Even small amounts can cause irritation and a burning sensation.

Whether the child drank it or had skin contact, it is vital to immediately call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.If the liquid was swallowed, DO NOT induce vomiting. However, if there is skin contact, it is important to quickly wash the area thoroughly with mild soap and lots of water. And, to protect children from exposure in the first place, parents are urged to keep e-cigarettes and the solutions used to refill them far out of reach of children.

Information from Colleen Nelson Amarillo News channel 10 and Texas Panhandle Poison Control Center.

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald, Safety and Security Manager for Plateau