Testing a Vibrating Mesh Nebulizer as a Safer Alternative to Conventional E-Cigarettes

Alec M. Graff
2019 Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research  
Student researcher: Alec M. Graff , Senior Within the scientifi c and medical community, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), or e-cigarettes, are known to be a healthier alternative to traditional, combustible cigarettes in delivering nicotine to the user. However, recent research conducted by the lab of Dr. Jae Hong Park at Purdue University has uncovered that the metallic heater coil used to aerosolize "e-juice" nicotine solution in e-cigarettes can release a potentially hazardous
more » ... tially hazardous stream of metallic nanoparticles when operated. To circumvent this issue, a vibrating mesh nebulizer (VMN), the type commonly used to administer respiratory medication, was tested to determine its potential as a viable e-cigarette alternative, as it does not use metallic coils or combustion.
doi:10.5703/1288284316952 fatcat:3uujbcmqhndxfclky26kmn7kti