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Fontem Ventures develops real-time method for measuring volatile organic compounds in e-cigarette aerosols


Amsterdam, 22 February 2016 – Fontem Ventures today announced it has developed an innovative real-time analytical method for analysing volatile compounds in e-cigarette aerosols.

The system, established in partnership with IONICON Analytik GmbH in Austria – the world leader in ultra sensitive real-time trace gas analysis – provides a fast, novel sampling set up for the analysis of both mainstream and exhaled e-cigarette aerosols based on Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS).

“Most studies to-date designed to measure compounds in e-cigarette aerosols, use standardised offline technologies which are both time-consuming and fail to take into consideration the impact of any puff-by-puff variations on the aerosol composition” said Dr. Grant O’Connell, Vice President of Corporate, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs. “By contrast, this new method allows us to test e-cigarette aerosols in a more meaningful way as we can study and replicate real e-cigarette use behaviours.”

The experimental method allows a broad variety of online puff-by-puff e-cigarette studies to be conducted, which is important for the evaluation of e-cigarettes from both a consumer and a bystander perspective. For example, the impact of changing e-cigarette device parameters such as voltage and battery power on aerosol composition could be analysed in real-time, on a puff-by-puff basis.

Speaking about the study today, Marc Michelsen, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications, added: “This paper is further proof of Fontem Ventures’ ongoing commitment to building scientific understanding of e-cigarettes. Too often, we see studies about vaping products based on flawed scientific methods. By developing this system, our researchers have contributed a significant, authentic and valuable tool for measuring compounds in e-cigarettes.”

To view the full paper, please click here

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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