July 5, 2022
Leading vape manufacturer Smoore has announced the launch of a real-time monitoring research project on nicotine addiction.
In partnership with the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Smoore’s new research project aims to explore how best to minimise the nicotine strength in vaping products and ultimately to bring it to below the levels which cause addiction.
The joint research with the Shenzhen Neher Neural Plasticity Laboratory will look at the secretion and metabolism of dopamine in animal brains, and will use this data to simulate the state of the human brain when ingesting nicotine.
The lab, under the auspices of Nobel laureate Dr Erwin Neher, will conduct controlled trials by exposing the experimental subject under the aerosol environments enabled by Feelm’s, the flagship tech brand belonging to Smoore, atomisation and the one of combustible tobacco.
The project aims to reduce the nicotine intake, and subsequent nicotine dependency, amongst adult vapers. The research will also aid Smoore’s R&D team in improving the design of vape devices, including through changes to heating elements and atomisers, to enhance the vaping experience through increased efficiency of delivery.
Researchers working on the project will monitor the atomisation of e-liquids to better understand the delivery, absorption, and metabolism of nicotine in the human body. The research will also provide a better understanding of nicotine absorption through different organs to reveal sensory satisfaction experienced by vaping.
“The atomisation process between an e-cigarette and a combustible cigarette is very different, hence the physical and chemical properties derived from atomization and tobacco combustion also varies distinctively,” Dr Xiong Yuming, Deputy Dean of Smoore Shenzhen Fundamental Research Institute, said.
“Focusing on the underlying mechanism of atomisation and tobacco combustion, our research aims to explore nicotine delivery and absorption, so as to reduce the health impacts of these products.”
The project is supported by Southwest University in Chongqing, China and is expected to release a stage report in the second half of 2022 on the different effects on brains of nicotine in e-cigarettes and combustible tobacco.
Moving forward, Feelm aims to provide products that don’t result in nicotine dependence by reducing the nicotine levels to as close to zero as possible, without scarifying the satisfaction level.