Is It Safe To Vape?

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2016

Faculty Sponsor

Ken Cornell


Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) are a new product to the consumer market that is being marketed as a “risk-free” alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. The liquids used in e-cigs can be purchased with varying nicotine content and a great variety of flavors, anywhere from blueberry to root beer to traditional tobacco flavoring. While the flavors used are indeed regulated and approved as “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS) by the FDA, the regulations are specific to the consumption of these components as food flavorings, and do not include information regarding the risks involved with the inhalation of these compounds, particularly after heating. The purpose of our research is to explore the potential risks involved with the use of e-cigs by identifying changes in flavor components by mass spectrometry, and studying their cytotoxic effects using in vitro assays of cell viability. Overall, this research will help determine whether or not e-cigarettes are truly safe for consumer use.

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