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Investigation into Waterpipe Physical Design Parameters' Effects on HPHC yields in Smoke and Charcoal Emissions (Phase II)

Principal Investigator(s): Timothy Fennell and Megan Mekoli
    
Funding Mechanism: Contract

ID number: 75F40119P10251

Award Date: June 21, 2019

Institution: RTI


The goal of this project is to investigate the relationship between waterpipe physical parameters and harmful and potentially harmful constituent (HPHC) yields. Researchers will methodically isolate and alter individual waterpipe physical parameters (e.g., hose length; stem length, stem depth in water) and determine how these parameters affect yields of HPHCs such as quantities of aldehydes, metals, nicotine, tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), and volatile organic compound (VOC) levels in waterpipe tobacco smoke. Phase II of this project seeks to determine how waterpipe dimensions affect waterpipe tobacco smoke chemistry and explores the need for a standardized testing waterpipe. Findings may provide new information about a standard waterpipe design for waterpipe tobacco product testing.