E-cigarette and Nicotine Research Study

What we are studying

The purpose of this study is to understand how nicotine is absorbed in your lungs and eventually reaches your brain after you inhale the vapor from e-cigarettes. This study involves using PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scanning to measure how nicotine distributes in your body after you inhale e-cigarette vapor. A PET scan is a special kind of noninvasive imaging test which allows doctors and researchers to see how certain tissues and organs within the body are functioning. A PET scan uses radiation to produce images of the body. Additionally, CT (computerized tomography) scans will be conducted to create images of your body.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 18 - 65

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have used e-cigarettes three times or more per week for at least 3 months

What is involved

  • Screening visit (medical history including smoking history; and will have your blood pressure; pulse; weight; height; and temperature measured)
  • PET/CT visit
  • In addition you may qualify for 2 additional optional abbreviated PET/CT study visits


Parking validation will be provided for the study visit. You will receive a compensation of $100 per a scanning session

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Breana Boyd

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.