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Norton Rose Fulbright: E-Cigarette Flavor Found To Contain Chemical Associated With Lung Disease

By Stephanie Stroup (US)

A recent investigation conducted by the BBC has concluded that an e-cigarette flavoring purchased in Northeast England contained a potentially harmful chemical that has been associated with the lung condition known as “popcorn worker’s lung.”

The British television program, Inside Out, purchased four liquid refills for the e-cigarettes and sent them for laboratory testing. While three of the refills came back without indication of harmful chemicals, the fourth (a butterscotch flavoring) contained a chemical called diacetyl.

Diacetyl is a yellow/green liquid with an intense butter flavor. The chemical occurs naturally in alcoholic beverages, but is also used as a food additive to give foods a “buttery” flavor.

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