• Journal Article

Week Long Topography Study of Young Adults Using Electronic Cigarettes in Their Natural Environment

Citation

Robinson, R., Hensel, E., Roundtree, K., Difrancesco, G., Nonnemaker, J., & Lee, Y. (2016). Week Long Topography Study of Young Adults Using Electronic Cigarettes in Their Natural Environment. PLoS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164038

Abstract

Results of an observational, descriptive study quantifying topography characteristics of twenty first generation electronic nicotine delivery system users in their natural environment for a one week observation period are presented. The study quantifies inter-participant variation in puffing topography between users and the intra-participant variation for each user observed during one week of use in their natural environment. Puff topography characteristics presented for each user include mean puff duration, flow rate and volume for each participant, along with descriptive statistics of each quantity. Exposure characteristics including the number of vaping sessions, total number of puffs and cumulative volume of aerosol generated from ENDS use (e-liquid aerosol) are reported for each participant for a one week exposure period and an effective daily average exposure. Significant inter-participant and intra-participant variation in puff topography was observed. The observed range of natural use environment characteristics is used to propose a set of topography protocols for use as command inputs to drive machine-puffed electronic nicotine delivery systems in a controlled laboratory environment.