Have No Fear - EverSmoke E-liquids are Diacetyl Free!
In recent weeks, the major discussions surrounding electronic cigarettes deals with the addition of a chemical called diacetyl, which is a chemical compound used to give foods a buttery flavor. While it is generally considered safe to eat, inhaling it is another story.
Given that diacetyl can be harmful if inhaled, media outlets (especially those strongly against e-cigarettes) have quickly begun using the WHO's findings as a way to vilify the devices. However, not all brands should be painted with the same brush—not all companies include diacetyl in their e-liquids. Eversmoke, for example, is completely diacetyl free.
In fact, once the word was out that diacetyl could be found in e-liquid, a British TV program set out to test bottles of e-liquid. Of the four they tested, only one contained diacetyl.
The More You Know...
Below are some facts about diacetyl and what effect it can have on the lungs.
- Created by fermentation and cultured cream, butter and buttermilk, diacetyl is a natural by-product of these processes—without the presence of diacetyl, these products would not have their distinct flavors.
- Diacetyl is associated with a specific kind of rare lung disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans or "popcorn lung".
- Bronchiolitis obliterans affects the bronchioles by inflaming and obstructing them which restricts airflow in and out of the lungs, resulting in a dry cough and wheezing.
- Popcorn lung is caused by extended exposure to diacetyl.
- The danger from diacetyl occurs when it is heated and then inhaled over extended periods.
A Brief Study of Diacetyl-laced E-liquid
Studies are still in process about the effects of diacetyl on the lungs and body. One such researcher who is specifically looking for diacetyl in e-liquid is Dr. KE Farsalions. In a study presented at the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw in 2014, Dr. Farsalions sampled roughly 160 e-liquids (primarily from European countries) from a variety of manufacturers. His main goal was to discover whether vapers have direct exposure to diacetyl, and if so, how much that daily exposure is.
Dr. Farsalions's result was that roughly 74% of e-liquids tested contained some diacetyl—mostly in sweet e-liquids. What is more concerning is that in a large number of these sweet e-liquids, the levels of diacetyl were higher than safety limits; even some of the more strict limits out there. These numbers, however, range from 10 to 100 times less than smoking tobacco cigarettes.
For those who are more scientifically-minded, you can view the full results of Dr. Farsalion's study here (PDF download).
E-liquids Going Forward
After the findings, the affected companies were contacted and will hopefully soon change their methods and remove diacetyl from their e-liquids soon. If nothing else, the discovery of the presence of diacetyl highlights the benefits of (and necessity) of purchasing your e-liquids from reputable manufacturers—cheaper isn't always better.
Luckily, avoiding the use of diacetyl is possible. It isn't necessary for making a satisfying, tasty e-liquid. Moreover, reputable manufacturers like EverSmoke are unwilling to stock flavors that use questionable ingredients.
Read here for more information about EverSmoke's e-liquid cartridges.
It's no doubt that hearing about potentially dangerous substances found within e-liquid can raise concerns about electronic smoking. However, rather than being turned off from e-cigarettes in general, instead turn toward reputable manufacturers like EverSmoke for all of your vaping needs.
We invite you to continue browsing our blog and knowledge center to learn more about this exciting smoking alternative. And if you're ready to embark on a new smoking journey, click on over to our online store and take a look at our selection of durable, diacetyl-free, e-cigarettes.