Buffalo, NY - Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute want to find out whether electronic cigarettes are safe, or just safer, than traditional cigarettes.
They need your help. Researchers need 180 volunteers. You do not have to be a smoker to take part, and it will take an hour of your time for them to test nicotine levels in your system. No needles are involved. Researchers will ask you questions, take a urine sample, nasal swab and do a breath test.
Up until now, there have not been many scientific studies on e-cigarettes, so researchers really want to see if there are any risks. They also want to find out just how beneficial vaping can be for smokers trying to quit. They will compare the nicotine levels of people who are smokers, non-smokers, e-cigarette users and those who use both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes. Those are most likely people who vape to try to stop using tobacco all together. Researchers call them dual-users.
"It takes that mental edge off where you're like I can't chew or I can't smoke, but you can do this and still get the nicotine and gradually wean yourself off of it to the point where you're not dependent on anything and that's the biggest mental leap that you gotta take because some people can quit cold turkey and I'm amazed by it. I'm not one of those people," says Kevin Kegler.
Kegler has almost entirely stopped using chewing tobacco since he started vaping about seven months ago.
Researchers say this is the first study of its kind. Volunteers will also be chosen from the U.K. and Poland.
"We want to find out how much nicotine users of electronic cigarettes can get from these devices. We also want to know if these devices can reduce risks of getting cancer, being exposed to different chemicals from tobacco smoke," says Dr. Maciej Goniewicz.
If you are selected for the study you will get a $50 gift card. To participate in the study, call Roswell Park Cancer Institute at 716-845-4916.