Some people claim that e-cigarettes are safer for your health than smoking regular tobacco.
A team of chemists at Portland State University will be putting that theory to the test.
They’re using a $3.5 million federal grant from the National Institute of Health to see what exactly is in the vapor of an e-cig.
This isn’t the first time Portland State chemists have conducted studies on the public health effects of e-cigarettes.
One PSU-headed test sampled a brand that had both a high and low voltage setting. Researchers found that when using at high voltage levels, the nicotine vaporizers can deliver formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen.
The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products provided the funding for the grant, which is part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.