In the media you may have heard some hype about vaping causing popcorn lung which may have left you worrying about whether vaping is safe. If you are considering quitting smoking and moving on to vaping you will probably want to know does vaping cause popcorn lung before you make the switch.
In this blog we will share all you need to know about vaping and popcorn lung so that you can make an informed choice about whether to ditch the straights and move on to the alternative.
What is popcorn lung?
Popcorn lung is a serious lung disease, otherwise known as Bronchiolitis Obliterans. The illness causes the tiny airways deep within the lungs to narrow, causing coughing, wheezing and tiredness. It is incurable, and it is also rare.
Where did popcorn lung come from?
Research found that exposure to inhaling a chemical called Diacetyl, which is mostly used to make popcorn buttery and as a food additive, can cause popcorn lung to develop.
Will vaping cause popcorn lung?
The majority of UK made e-liquids will not contain Diacetyl, make sure you read the ingredients list before you start puffing away. That being said you would have to be exposed to quite a large amount of the chemical for it to have an effect.
While there may be some health hazards associated with vaping it is still said to be 95% less harmful than smoking. This was from an evidence review published by Public Health England. This review also found no evidence to support that vape devices are a gateway to smoking for children and non-smokers- which is another topic that comes up as often as “does vaping cause popcorn lung” in the media.
If you are thinking about not quitting smoking because of worries about popcorn lung (which has no reported cases linked to vaping) then remember that smoking causes around 25,000 deaths from heart and circulatory disease in the UK each year.
If you would like to chat to us about devices and which ones might be good for you, or which juices we would recommend, have a chat with us online or instore.