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Diacetyl: What it is & Why We Avoid it

Diacetyl Free E-LiquidsTalk of diacetyl has become rather common in the industry in recent times. While the vast majority of the public is unaware of what this chemical is, and why it is better not consumed, informed vapers typically avoid this stuff like the plague.

We are going to go into detail about what this mystery substance is, and why it’s a huge concern. All IVG brands’ e-liquids are diacetyl-free for a reason; we prefer to keep our goods free of questionable ingredients!

Diacetyl is typically found in food items (made for ingestion) such as popcorn, and it is regarded as generally safe when eaten. It conveys a flavor quite similar to sweet butter, however when inhaled it can have seriously dangerous effects.

In 2014, Dr. Konstantine Farsalinos, one of the foremost international researchers on e-cigarettes, conducted studies to test the levels of diacetyl vapers are exposed to. In samples of 160 different e-liquids, the majority of which were European brands, the results showed that 74% of the liquids tested contained at least some diacetyl, mainly in sweet flavors, and of these, those that did contain diacetyl were above legal limits.

The most frightening thing about diacetyl is that it is associated with a disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans, which has earned itself the nickname “popcorn lung.” Extended exposure to inhaling diacetyl after it has been heated over a long period of can cause this awful disease. The name is derived from its uncanny ability to cause a condition where the bronchioles become inflamed and constricted, causing one to be unable to breathe correctly, and essentially restricting the airflow in and out of the lungs. The user is often left with a dry cough, and wheezing. Furthermore, this disease is considered to be irreversible.

So our take on this matter? Simply avoiding diacetyl in our brands. It is not necessary to produce nicotine e-liquid, nor is it necessary to produce delicious sweet flavors. And we’d say, by the popularity of our many different e-liquid options across all of our brands, we are doing just fine without it!