Study: E-cigarettes found to contain more harmful chemicals

Aug. 14, 2014 photo. Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also is spiking. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that more than 2,700 people have called about a liquid nicotine exposure this year, up from a few hundred cases three years ago. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Aug. 14, 2014 photo. Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also is spiking. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that more than 2,700 people have called about a liquid nicotine exposure this year, up from a few hundred cases three years ago. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

CHICOPEE, Mass. – There’s new information about e-cigarettes and the chemicals that go into them.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that more than 75% of liquid nicotine put into e-cigarettes contain a flavoring chemical called diacetyl, which has been linked to a disease known as “popcorn lung”.

The chemical has been linked to severe respiratory disease. Chicopee resident Brittany Gilman said she’s worried about the effects, especially on kids.

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“I think the raspberry flavors and the bubblegum flavors are attracting kids, because it’s more of a kid type flavor. They use grape and cherry to flavor cough syrups and stuff like that, so I think it honestly is attracting kids.”

The study also found other potentially harmful compounds in many of the tested flavors. Click here to see the full report on the study.

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