Could Vaping Cause Birth Defects?

As time continues to pass by, we will see newer e-cigarette research put out, and at a much faster pace. It seems as if there is ten times the amount of research reports in 2017 compared with what was available just three years ago. This is only expected to (significantly) increase over the next several decades. However, even though it seems the negative, oftentimes fictional, stories are subsiding, we should still anticipate “research” that will try and harm the e-cigarette industry. Are we surprised that people are still trying to suppress vaping? Of course not. But, it’s the way it is carried out that annoys us to no end. The most common example is regurgitating old news that is factually incorrect. Case in point: a new study out of Virginia Commonwealth University claiming that vaping likely causes birth defects.

Before we get to the overall study, we’d like to point out one part of what this study had to say: that e-liquid flavourings use diacetyl, “which is linked to popcorn lung”. That is a direct quote. A few years ago, this was already debunked by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos – a well-known cardiologist and a huge vaping proponent. Once we saw that, we took everything else with a giant grain of salt…and it’s good that we did.

The researchers experimented with these e-liquid flavourings on…pregnant frogs. While it’s not uncommon for researchers to conduct tests on live animals, this in no way suggests that the results are final and that humans would react similarly.

In any case, they tested several different flavours and found that two of the multi-ingredient flavours in particular caused birth defects in the frogs. The researchers then suggested that these results were “translatable to human embryos” – a massive **hypothesis** to say the least. There is no mention of how much exposure to which chemicals there were.

Another report that feels sensationalised? Absolutely.

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