Lung Diseases

Department of Health written question – answered on 6th March 2015.

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Photo of Mark Pawsey Mark Pawsey Conservative, Rugby

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of chronic lung disease are recorded as being linked to (a) butterscotch flavoured e-liquid and (b) electronic cigarettes in general.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department does not hold the requested information.

There are reported cases of butterscotch, and other flavours of e-liquid, containing the chemical diacetyl which has been strongly associated with a form of lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans via occupational exposure.

This substance is not intentionally present in e-liquids and because of the potential of this chemical to cause disease, a precautionary approach should be taken. Many responsible producers have taken steps to remove this chemical from e-liquids.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes4 people think so

No103 people think not

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Dr David Upton
Posted on 9 Mar 2015 11:36 pm (Report this annotation)

"The department does not hold the requested information" is the type of political answer that causes the public to distrust politicians. Ms Ellison knows full well that the question refers to Dame Sally Davies' recent faux pas. The answer is trying to justify Davies. Both Ellison & Davies almost certainly know the truth - If they do not, they should not be in office. If they do know the truth, we must question both their objectivity and motive.

Steve Bearne
Posted on 10 Mar 2015 11:45 am (Report this annotation)

Well, you can see by the reaction - 49 no, 0 yes at the time of writing - what people think of that answer. "Strongly associated" with a form of lung disease is a long way from Sally Davies claim that it has caused lung disease. If it has caused lung disease,please post the evidence. Otherwise apologise for the lie.

Liam Bryan
Posted on 10 Mar 2015 1:33 pm (Report this annotation)

Why on earth couldn't she just have said "none" and "none"!

margaret Hermon
Posted on 12 Mar 2015 11:54 pm (Report this annotation)

Many people have been using electronic cigarettes for the best part of a decade - I have been a vaper for five years and there are now more than two million of us. It is somewhat disturbing, to put it kindly, that the DoH does not have this information. Would it not have been more honourable to state that there has, as yet, been no incidence of vaping-related disease to report. Pulmonary or otherwise.