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Our publication highlighted in the DRI press release!

Toxics paper snapshotRecent OAL publication "Aldehydes in Exhaled Breath during E-cigarette Vaping: Pilot Study Results" in the open access journal Toxics is highlighted in the DRI news release! Please read the full story here (click Continue reading to enable links)
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Visit to NV Dept of Health and Human Services

Visit to NV DHHS Today, DRI team (DAS Executive Director Marc Pitchford and OAL scientists Drs. Andrey Khlystov and Vera Samburova) traveled to Carson City to meet with the officials from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Khlystov presented results of OAL's study on the hazardous levels of toxic aldehydes in e-cigarette flovorings and  the new OAL's findings on emissions from very popular JUUL e-cigarettes. While having relatively low carbon monoxide and formaldehyde emissions, JUUL pods subject users to very high concentrations of nicotine, a known addictive substance. Active discussion followed the presentation, and a visit by NV DHHS representative to DRI is expected in the near future. Nevada leads the nation in juvenile e-cigarette use, causing serious concern among state health officials. E-cigarette emissions research done by the OAL at DRI helps to educate and empower the lawmakers.
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Dr. Andrey Khlystov wins Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco New Investigator Award

Dr. Andrey Khlystov wins Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco New Investigator Award
Dr. Andrey Khlystov has been named a "2018 New Investigator Award Winner for Best Abstract" by the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco for his presentation "The Effect of Puff Topography and Power Settings on Aldehyde and Carbon Monoxide in E-cigarette Aerosols". The award was presented at the Society's annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Khlystov is the Director of the Organic Analytical Laboratory and a Research Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at DRI. Two other OAL members presented posters at the SRNT meeting: Dr. Vera Samburova ("Carbonyl Compounds in Exhaled E-cigarette Aerosols") and Dr. Yeongkwon Son ("Indoor Air Quality in Electronic Cigarette Vape Shops").
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Welcome to OAL, Yeongkwon Son!

Dr. Yeongkwon Son joins the OAL as a postdoctoral fellow. Yeongkwon comes to DRI from Rutgers university with a PhD in Exposure Science. Dr.Son is an expert in exposure science, chemical and biomarker analysis, computational modeling and sampling device design. Welcome, Yeongkwon!
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A few clarifications about our e-cigeratte study

drypuffIn the Organic Analytic Laboratory at DRI our main specialty is sampling and detailed chemical analysis of organic air pollutants. Our team has more than 20 years of experience in this area. E-cigarette research is new for us, but involves similar sampling and analytical techniques. Having seen advertisements for e-cigarettes that claimed they are safe because liquids contain only FDA approved ingredients, we decided to apply our expertise to see what is in e-cigarette vapors. This resulted in publication of the first set of results concerning the role of flavorings in aldehyde formation during vaping. Following the publication of our paper, we received a lot of attention from media, the blogosphere, and individual vapers. This shows the importance of the problem and we are pleased to have made a contribution to the ongoing discussion of the pros and cons of vaping. While the news coverage was generally accurate, we noticed some misunderstanding...
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Guest — Elja
What nonsense to say that Dr. Farsalinos is not up-to-date with the current literature. If anyone is, than it is Dr. Farsalinos. ... Read More
Friday, 25 November 2016 05:00
Guest — Elja
The standard excuse “dry-puff” to explain aldehyde emissions cannot be applied to our study. Is the vapor inhaled by a person tha... Read More
Friday, 25 November 2016 05:26
Guest — Brian Coe
I'm a vaper of over 3 years now and if as you said, high concentrations of formaldehyde occurr other than just dry puff, firstly i... Read More
Saturday, 26 November 2016 14:43
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