UW Awarded $3.7 million grant to study E-cigs

Special to The Freeman

Feb. 11, 2015

MADISON The University of Wisconsin will be receiving a $3.7 million grant award to further study electronic cigarettes over the next five years from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health and the United States Food and Drug Administration.

This new research will provide in-depth, longitudinal information, based on real-time reports, which will address key priorities that may inform regulatory and health agencies, including understanding the relations between inhaling nicotine vapor and:

     Nicotine dependence

     Changes in rates of smoking conventional cigarettes

     Health outcomes such as evidence of exposure to carcinogens, as well as acute and long-term pulmonary health

     Attempts to quit smoking and the success of those attempts, specifically, the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention and will identify and follow over time 150 participants who exclusively smoke cigarettes and 250 participants who both smoke and vape.

Researchers will use smart phones and other tools to collect information on patterns of use of these products, levels of addiction, withdrawal symptoms, success quitting versus relapse, lifestyle factors, carcinogen exposure, and how one group of participants compares.