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What Is Popcorn Lung? The Popcorn Lung Myth Explained

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Worried about vaping and popcorn lung? We explain what popcorn lung is and debunk the myth that vaping causes this condition so you can vape with confidence.

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The Popcorn Lung Myth Explained

The term “popcorn lung” has incorrectly been associated with vaping. This rare lung disease is not caused by vaping, however many misconceptions out there that may make vapers anxious.

Keep reading to learn what popcorn lung is and why you don’t have to worry about it when using a Vuse vape pen. 


What is popcorn lung?

You may have heard the term popcorn lung, but what exactly is it?

First of all, Popcorn lung (bronchiolitis obliterans) is not cancer.  It is an extremely rare type of lung disease which causes scar tissue to build up in the lungs, restricting airflow.1

The term ‘Popcorn lung’ came about because the condition was first noticed in a group of workers in a popcorn factory where a chemical called diacetyl was used to create popcorn’s buttery taste. However, more research is needed to determine whether this is an actual link, or if a certain amount of diacetyl might cause damage2.

The Popcorn Lung Myth Explained

The evidence relating to diacetyl and vape pens

So, what’s the link between diacetyl and e-cigarettes? In 2016, a single US study3 looked at whether e-cigarette liquids available at the time contained diacetyl. It found that 39 of the 51 e Liquid flavours tested contained some level of diacetyl, leading to the idea that the liquid could be linked to popcorn lung.

However, this study didn’t look at whether there was a link between e-cigarette use and popcorn lung in people. So far, there’s no good evidence to suggest that e-cigarettes could cause popcorn lung.    


What about Vuse?

Vuse doesn’t use diacetyl in any of our e Liquid products. As a responsible company Vuse complies with the applicable legislation on ingredients and our toxicologists review publicly available literature on ingredients to understand their suitability for inhalation. This means you won’t find any of these potentially harmful ingredients in our vaping products4:
- Diacetyl
- Acetoin
- Methyl Eugenol
- Oils containing THC or Vitamin E Acetate
- 2,3-Pentadione[1]

    So, you can be assured that when you use a Vuse e-cigarette,  you won’t be inhaling these potentially harmful ingredients.

    Want to know more? We’ve compiled information and data on Vuse’s strict standards of quality, along with a list of our vaping flavours and e Liquids.



    1. https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/does-vaping-cause-popcorn-lung

    2. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Fixed obstructive lung disease in workers at a microwave popcorn factory--Missouri, 2000-2002. Morb. Moral. Wkly. Rep. 51, 345-347 (2002).https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12004984/

    3. Allen, J. G. et al. Flavoring Chemicals in E-cigarettes: Diacetyl, 2,3-Pentanedione, and Acetoin in a Sample of 51 Products, Including Fruit-, Candy-, and Cocktail-Flavored E-cigarettes. Environ. Health. Persp. 124, 733–739 (2016).https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26642857/

    4. https://www.vuse.com/gb/en/vape-quality-matters/our-e-liquid-ingredients