The mainstream media have been exaggerating the effects of chemicals contained in vaping fluids, even though it’s widely accepted that vaping is 95% safer than smoking tobacco.
There are chemicals like diacetyl, acetyl propionyl and acetoin in vaping fluids that are known to cause serious conditions like popcorn lung and other ailments – but only when a person is exposed to them in high concentrations.
Cigarettes actually contain levels of these chemicals that are between 10 and 100 times higher than that of vaping fluids and not even tobacco cigarettes are known to cause issues like popcorn lung.
In fact, diacetyl is used in the foods we eat to flavour things like shortening and margarine so they taste buttery.
The levels of chemicals like diacetyl in vaping fluids are minimal and when looking at the comparative health risks, vaping simply can’t be compared to smoking tobacco.
The government is concerned that since vaping fluids are flavoured, it might attract younger users and so they’ve begun regulating and restricting it but this means less access to a harm reduction tool for tobacco smokers.
And, every time we hear the word “regulate”, a “tax” often comes too.
I’d say chalk this one up to media sensationalism and the government finding a way to get their hands on more of our money through false pretences.