Georgia State conducts a research initiative focused on the harmful effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

Sophie-Ann McCulloch

ATLANTA, GA — Georgia State University’s School of Public Health along with Chemical Insights have started a research initiative on the harmful effects caused by the chemicals released from electronic nicotine delivery systems or END, also known as e-cigarettes.

During the research collaboration, researchers will characterize the airborne particulate aerosols and volatile organic chemicals released from e-cigarettes as well as determine the toxicity and human exposure levels of those chemicals for users and bystanders.

Senior technical advisor as well as vice president of Chemical Insights Dr. Marilyn Black said this research focuses on public health and safety benefits. By identifying specific particles and chemicals that infiltrate a user’s lungs, the research findings will be helpful in figure out the steps that could be taken to reduce the risks for human health.

Dr. Roby Greenwald as the co-principal investigator of the research as well as an assistant professor in the School of Public Health also said “This study will provide scientifically sound data to inform policymakers, healthcare providers, manufacturers, and consumers of potential health risks and approaches for product usage and label warnings to educate consumers of potential respiratory hazards.”

A perception that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products caused the number of adolescents and young adults using e-cigarettes or vapes in the United States has increased over the last decade, which shown by approximately 3.6 million youths using e-cigarettes in 2020.

However, a series of studies have demonstrated e-cigarette pulmonary toxicity and its negative impact on adolescents' respiratory health. As Chemical Insights are aware of this gap in research knowledge, they then decided to assembled technical facilities and a research team to gain more data and draw more insights. The findings of the research will start to be released in Fall 2021.

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