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Fontem Ventures Announces Research Alliance with Institute of Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology


London, 20 August 2015 – Fontem Ventures, owner of popular e-cigarette brand blu, today announced it is partnering with the Institute of Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, to conduct scientific research into exhaled e-cigarette aerosols.

“This prestigious partnership with ETH Zurich is demonstrative of Fontem Ventures’ ongoing commitment to advancing scientific understanding of electronic vaping products, including the benefits they offer to current smokers and their overall role in public health,“ said Dr. Grant O’Connell, Lead Scientist at Fontem Ventures.

The study, due to be completed by the end of the year, will analyse the chemical characteristics and dynamics of exhaled e-cigarette aerosols under different environmental conditions, comparing nicotine vaping devices to emissions produced by other consumer products.

“Conventional tobacco cigarettes and vaping products are fundamentally different,” said Dr. O’Connell. “This research will help us more clearly define – from a scientific perspective – the vast chemical differentiations between exhaled e-cigarettes vapours and exhaled tobacco smoke.”

Professor Jing Wang at the Institute of Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich and Group Leader of Air Quality and Particle Research at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Fontem Ventures. They are at the forefront of scientific research into electronic vaping products and share ETH Zurich’s commitment to quality and high standards. This collaboration is an significant step towards enhancing global understanding of electronic nicotine delivery products and the role they can play in reducing tobacco-related disease.”

blu was founded in the USA in 2009 and is one of the original e-cigarette brands. It was acquired by Fontem Ventures in 2015. As one of the world’s most recognizable vape brands, blu offers adult smokers’ choice through high-quality e-vapour products and e-liquids.

Nerudia was established in 2013 and became part of Imperial Brands in 2017. It is the home of innovation and technology R&D for Next Generation Products (NGP) which includes e-vapour, heated tobacco and oral nicotine delivery. Nerudia is dedicated to creating a world where smokers have choice.

Fontem Ventures is a subsidiary of Imperial Brands PLC, a global consumer organisation and the fourth largest international tobacco company in the world, operating across 120 markets.

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