ECU researchers discuss negative health risks associated with e-cigarettes

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — East Carolina University researchers are taking a look at the ingredients of electronic cigarettes and their health risks.

They’re looking at Diacetyl, a flavoring in the “vape juice.” The data shows the flavoring poses a risk to people’s lungs, potentially causing inflammation, damage and lung collapse.

“I think one of the things that the companies can do is find a replacement to Diacetyl,” said Dr. Lok Pokhrel with ECU Brody School of Medicine. “I think that would be a good move. From the regulatory standpoint, I think the regulators could look into the labeling aspect or labeling requirements for the presence of Diacetyl in the electronic cigarette.”

Doctors said they want to see new regulations for e-cigarette ingredients to protect people’s health.

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