Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have concluded that diacetyl, a extremely toxic chemical substance, exists in 75 percent of flavored vaping devices and refill liquids. There are currently more than 7,000 varieties of flavored vape pods and e-juice (nicotine-containing liquid that is used in refillable devices) on the market. Diacetyl is a very dangerous chemical because it is known to cause a deadly and debilitating respiratory disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. The disease gained so much notoriety after killing numerous workers exposed to diacetyl flavorings in the popcorn processing industry that it was termed “popcorn lung.”
Despite their exploding popularity, vaping devices are not currently regulated by the Federal Government. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule to include vaping under its authority to regulate as it does tobacco and nicotine-containing products. These vape pods with the flavoring additives containing diacetyl are very popular among users – especially high school students – and everyone should be concerned about the long term health consequences.
Lawyers in our firm are actively investigating cases where a diagnosis of bronchiolitis obliterans, or popcorn lung, occurs. Based on our investigations, we believe these conditions can often be traced to a product containing diacetyl. We are reasonably sure that one of those products will likely be vaping devices. If you have any questions about this subject, contact Joseph VanZandt in our Mass Torts Section.