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‘Popcorn lung’ myth debunked by recent vape study from California

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For years now, the vaping industry has been under fire by a series of bogus and fabricated reports claiming that e-cigs cause formaldehyde poisoning and even popcorn lung. Thanks to a recent study published by California scientists, both of these vaping myths are now and forever debunked.

The research team began by sampling the air quality of a local vape shop. The primary objective was to determine any possible negative health effects of secondhand vapor. However, the researchers discovered something even more remarkable. Not only is secondhand vapor safe to consume by innocent bystanders, it is essentially as non-toxic as normal, everyday air.

Dr. Michael Seigel weighs in on the California vape study

Dr. Michael Seigel of the Boston University of Public Health is a highly regarded expert in the field of tobacco harm reduction. According to his recent blog, his review of the California vape study makes clear that the non-detectable levels of numerous toxins and carcinogens were measured under extremely adverse conditions. The researchers monitored for the following chemicals and substances.

  • Acetone
  • Acetoin
  • Benzene
  • Chloroform
  • Multiple aldehydes
  • Toluene
  • Xylene

The scientists even monitored the air quality of the local vape shop while some 13 customers and employees were actively vaping at the time. Throughout the course of the study, the establishment was filled with a thick, plume of vapor that far exceeds the norm. Still, even with toxicity measurements were taken under such severe conditions, the associated levels were essentially non-existent, to which Dr.Michael Siegel offers the following statement.

“This study, although conducted under very high exposure conditions in a small, non-ventilated vape shop with many employees and customers vaping and clouds of vapor visible, did not document any dangerous levels of exposure to any hazardous chemical. Nicotine exposure was essentially non-existent. Formaldehyde exposure was no different than in many indoor and outdoor environments at baseline. Acetone, acetoin, other aldehydes, toluene, benzene, and xylene were not detected. Chemicals that have been associated with "popcorn lung" were also not detected by the standard method.”

“This study adds to the evidence that under real-life conditions, ‘secondhand vaping’ does not appear to pose any significant health risks.”

Seigel also goes on to blast government organizations who still promote anti-vaping regulations. Based on the findings of the California vape study, public health officials should probably be encouraging vaping as a smoking cessation tool rather than demonizing it. 

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