The study, published in the academic journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that the tasty flavors used in vaping can actually severely damage the lungs because of chemicals like diacetyl.
That word might sound familiar if you have a family member or friend who has ever worked in packaging microwaveable popcorn: diacetyl is the chemical that causes the form of bronchitis commonly known as "popcorn lung."
Joseph Allen, one of the researchers who published the study, said of the troubling flavor chemicals found in e-cigs:
"We selected 51 types of flavored e-cigarettes sold by leading e-cigarette brands and flavors we deemed were appealing to youth. At least one flavoring chemical was detected in 47 of 51 unique flavors tested. Diacetyl was detected above the laboratory limit of detection 39 of the 51 flavors tested."
Popcorn lung is no joke, either; the disease causes shortness of breath and continuous coughing, and gets steadily worse until the point where it can be debilitating for those exposed.
Obviously, the fact that e-cigs may be pumping that chemical straight into your lungs is… not good.
Dr. Gina Lundberg, a heart specialist at Emory University — who was not involved in the study — also commented on the findings and the cultural perception that vaping is safe:
"[Popcorn lung] is a horrible disease and nobody wants it. I really think it's important to find out whether [vaping] is safe. I am surprised how many people in the 45 to 55 category are vaping. I have friends who are nurses and doctors that are doing it, and there is really this perception that it's fine."
The study also found other chemicals present in e-cigarettes — 2,3-pentanedione, also known as acetylpropionyl, and acetoin — that have been shown to cause lung and brain damage in lab studies.
On an American Airlines flight from San Francisco to Dallas on Friday night, an all-out brawl nearly broke out after a flight attendant allegedly hit a woman with a stroller -- as the woman was carrying her two twins.
Passengers report that the lady was trying to store the stroller in the overhead bin when, allegedly, the flight attendant wasn't happy about it and reportedly "violently" grabbed the stroller, striking the woman and nearly hitting one of her twins!!!
There's video of the aftermath of the incident, with the woman sobbing uncontrollably, and that's where things start to get interesting.