E-Cigarette Chemical Linked To 'Popcorn Lung'
A harmful chemical flavoring found in e-cigarettes may be linked to a condition known as "popcorn lung."By Katie Link | December 8, 2015
Nicotine might not be the only health hazard tied to e-cigarettes. A group of Harvard scientists recently released a study indicating a flavoring chemical found in e-cigarettes can cause a pretty gross lung disease. (Video via BBC)
Its formal name is bronchiolitis obliterans. Its nickname is "popcorn lung." It's an irreversible respiratory condition that causes the tiny air sacs in the lungs to become scarred.
It was discovered in 2000 after employees at a Missouri factory inhaled butter flavoring for microwave popcorn on a daily basis. Workers developed several symptoms including wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.