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Nowadays, computers can do nearly anything — we use them to calculate our mortgages, figure out our mileage for work, find us the best travel deals, and get us access to the networking contacts that we need for our jobs. Now, some researchers are bringing the power of modern computing to the e-cigarette industry.
Reports from the Massey Cancer Center of Virginia Commonwealth University are showing how a computer algorithm can estimate how much nicotine is in an e-cigarette. This model is complicated because a lot of things factor into the equation — there’s the voltage level of the device and pother design elements, the parts per million of nicotine in the vaping liquid, and how big of a puff a person takes. Researchers have factored in all of these issues to come up with a good ballpark for e-cigarette nicotine levels. And that’s valuable information in a market where so much of the value of the products revolves around health claims and a very complex debate about how we manage our health.
Using these kinds of research, officials are looking at whether or not e-cigarette would be either more or less addictive than traditional tobacco. The answer depends largely on how much nicotine these systems are set up to deliver.
A press release from Massey shows how variable the nicotine yield of an e-cigarette can be.
Thomas Eissenberg is director of the VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products and a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at Massey. Eissenberg is quoted in the press release, talking about assessing e-cig nicotine levels.
Laboratory results showed that nicotine yields from 15 puffs on an e-cigarette varied by more than 50 times across various device, liquid and user behavior conditions.” Eissenberg says. “When used as intended, an electronic cigarette should not produce a nicotine yield in excess of that of a combustible cigarette, a device that we already know has lethal health effects. If it does, then we are essentially making an already addictive drug delivery system even more addictive.”
Making E-cigarettes Safe
The general opinion of the researchers involved as shown in the press release is that there are certain regulations that may be needed to make e-cigarette products safe. Specifically, they should not be designed to deliver more nicotine than the traditional combustibles and.
With these kinds of safeguards in place, e-cigarette could easily become one of the biggest resources in a massive battle to curb nicotine addiction. As everyone becomes more knowledgeable about how tobacco use affects health and the healthcare market, everyone from government offices to business groups are embarking on a mission to stamp out tobacco use, with public awareness campaigns, workplace benefit programs, and tools such as e-cigarettes, which allow more comfortable weaning processes for eliminating traditional cigarettes.
The application of new technology is also important here — it would take these types of new models and projections to more accurately figure out how to use e-cigarettes in the best ways possible. These types of research would take the industry to new heights, as these types of products continue to emerge as popular market alternatives. Look for more of this as new e-cigarette and vaping products continue to come on the market.