By Leah M. McMorris and Evan R. Hoffman Calls to poison control centers regarding e-cigarette and vaping liquids have risen dramatically over the past four years. In 2013, over 1,000 calls linked to liquid nicotine exposure were reported in the United States. In 2014, that number surpassed 3,800. In 2013, Minnesota alone had 50 reported… Read More


A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found the presence of diacetyl, a buttery-tasting flavoring chemical linked to lung disease, in more than 75 percent of flavored electronic cigarette and refill liquids tested. Many of the tested flavors containing diacetyl were also found to contain two additional chemicals designated by the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association as respiratory hazards in the workplace. Diacetyl first became infamous in the early 2000s, when workers in microwave popcorn processing facilities were diagnosed with a serious obstructive lung disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans. … Read More


Scientists studying the effect of  e-cigarettes on lung tissue have discovered that e-cigarette vapor damages lung cells – whether or not the vaping compounds contain nicotine. The damage to lung endothelial cells – the cells lining the blood vessels of the lung – was greater when the e-cigarettes contained nicotine, but damage was still seen… Read More