High vegetable glycerin vape juice is popular among cloud chasers and vapor enthusiasts, but can it be bad for you? VG is a commonly used additive in consumer food products. Everything from sugar substitutes, to pet food, to eye drops and toothpaste can contain amounts of VG.
It’s low toxicity and high vaporization capability make it an ideal additive to e-liquids. Government entities have determined PG and VG are generally safe. However, a potentially harmful condition called popcorn lung has become a notable concern for vapers due to additives in e juice.
It may sound innocuous and silly, however, this potentially serious lung disease is an actual cause for concern. It has often been attributed to a chemical additive called diacetyl which is no longer widely used in ejuice flavors. The chemical diacetyl is found in a range of consumer products including beer, wine, many fruits & vegetables, honey and tobacco to name a few.
Does Vegetable Glycerin Vape Cause Popcorn Lung?
Diacetyl was originally added because it gives buttery products their unique flavoring, a major reason why it was added to certain flavors of e-juice. In effect, certain tastes derived their rich, buttery or creamy flavor from the addition of diacetyl. However, it was this same chemical which caused an outbreak of bronchiolitis obliterans, or popcorn lung at a popcorn factory, hence how the ailment got its name.
A handful of unregulated, disreputable e-juice manufacturers were adding it irresponsibly to their products without concern for consumers. This resulted in a spike of cases, leading many to assume that it was an industry-wide problem. Essentially, this caused a panic among users as well as a slew of sensational news reports claiming that vaping was giving people lung disease.
On the contrary, the top juice manufacturers were making e-liquid as they had been. Typically, e-juice is made of VG, PG, flavoring and if specified by the user, nicotine. As evidenced, a combination of rumor and biased evidence can create dangerous stereotypes that scare potential users from their benefits. That said, it’s always best to ask questions and conduct your own investigations into the content of vape juice.
Typically, manufacturers whose products knowingly contain harmful additives will include a disclosure about them either on the product or on their website. A simple investigation into who you’re purchasing a product from may be the best thing you can do for your vaping health.