As the interest in e-cigarettes continues apace, so does the need for a deeper understanding of this emerging product category. We have summarised our research, current literature and future research needs into a new content area.
Tobacco heating products, which work by heating tobacco sufficiently to release nicotine but not high enough to burn, may provide an alternative tobacco experience that in the long term may prove to be less harmful than cigarette smoking.
We are studying how the aerosol properties of tobacco smoke impact on how and where smoke is deposited in the lungs and how its component chemicals are then delivered systemically.
We study the ways in which consumers interact with our products, under real-life conditions, to determine estimates of exposure. We also study the deposition of smoke components in the respiratory system and the amount retained by the smoker.
Our research programme in combustion science aims to understand the mechanisms underpinning the formation of smoke toxicants and aerosol particles suspended in gas or vapour.
Many toxicants in tobacco smoke have their origins in the plant, and we believe that genetic modification and traditional plant breeding could provide opportunities for toxicant reduction that other technologies are less able to tackle.
Our disease model research seeks to develop and validate a series of in vitro tests that would form a part of the framework for assessing reduced-risk tobacco and nicotine products.