E-CIGARETTES have been linked to an irreversible and debilitating respiratory condition.
A Harvard School of Public Health study has found that the electronic cigs, which have seen a boom in Spain in the last two years, can cause what is known as ‘popcorn lung’.
The diacetyl, acetoin and pentanedione chemicals used in the product cause scarring in tiny air sacs in the lungs, leading to shortness of breath and excessive coughing.
There’s no smoke without fire and experts fear the amount of people contracting the condition may increase sharply over the next few years, given how new e-cigarettes are.
They are particularly concerned that flavours like cotton candy, popcorn and apple will attract young users whose lungs have not fully developed.