If there’s one thing Leonardo DiCaprio loves, it’s making movies and vaping and partying with vaping models in Ibiza. Now, if you want to be technical here, that was actually three things, but in order to correct it, you’d have to do math, and math is for nerds. Also for nerds: science. Which brings us to this: a big group of nerds (the American Lung Association) is pissed at Leonardo DiCaprio for being cool (vaping during the SAG Awards)! Classic nerds, always trying to ruin everyone’s fun.
Specifically, the ALA is “deeply troubled” by DiCaprio’s vaping because vape pens are wildly unregulated and risk harm both to the user and those around them. Yeah, well, you know what else risks harm to the user and those around them? Sick dirtbike jumps. You wanna take those away, too, doc? I bet you do. I bet you do.
Besides, isn’t vaping safe? Stephen Dorff endorsed it. Who are you gonna trust, some nerd doctor or Stephen Dorff from Blade? Gonna need to see some Blade-proof evidence here, guys. What do you have to say for yourselves?
Without FDA regulation and review, we simply don’t know what is in e-cigarettes. However, in initial lab tests conducted in 2009, the FDA found detectable levels of toxic cancer-causing chemicals—including an ingredient used in antifreeze—in two leading brands of e-cigarettes and 18 various cartridges. A review of studies found that levels of toxins in e-cigarette aerosol varied considerably within and between brands. A 2014 study found that aerosol from e-cigarettes with a higher voltage level contains more formaldehyde, another carcinogen with the potential to cause cancer. The findings are alarming, and the American Lung Association urgently calls for FDA oversight of these products.
That all you got?
While e-cigarettes do not produce smoke, they do expose others to secondhand emissions. Little is known about these emissions or the potential harm they may cause. Two initial studies have found formaldehyde, benzene and tobacco-specific nitrosamines (all carcinogens) coming from those secondhand emissions. Other studies have shown that chemicals exhaled by users also contain formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other potential toxins. There is no evidence that shows e-cigarettes emissions (secondhand aerosol) are safe for non-users to inhale.
See? Just a bunch of uptight nerds trying to harsh Leonardo DiCaprio’s buzz by asking him not to inhale antifreeze and blow formaldehyde all over a crowded room. It’s like, uh, jealous much, guys?
I bet the American Lung Association has never even been to Ibiza.