The electronic cigarette has grown dramatically in popularity in recent years. One of the main reason for its success is that the product was presented as a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes. It was another way of getting your daily dose of nicotine, without putting your life in danger.
However, the reality is quite different. The majority of cigaret brands contain diacetyl, which is a chemical whose taste is similar to that of butter. Diacetyl is responsible for a severe lung disease. The symptoms are usually:
In 2008, toxicology studies run on rats and mice showed that airways can be damaged by inhaling diacetyl vapours. In humans, Diacetyl is responsible for a severe lung disease called obliterative bronchiolitis.
The symptoms are usually:
- A dry cough,
- Shortness of breath (worse after physical exertion)
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
Still, despite the discovery of this real danger, scientists lack data to determine the true level of dangerousness of the electronic cigarette. Unfortunately, the only way to get that data is by observing their effects on the thousands of people who have accepted to switch to this new product without proper proof of its safety or lack thereof.