University of Miami to study the health effects of e-cigarettes

The University of Miami was awarded a $1.95 million grant this week from the Florida Department of Health to conduct the study, which UM said is the first of its kind, to determine whether e-cigarettes create any potential pulmonary health risks and are as safe as they are marketed to be.

Matthias Salathe, professor of medicine and molecular and cellular pharmacology at UM, will conduct the study over the next five years to determine the effect of e-cigarettes on human airways. The battery-operated cigarettes burn liquid chemical compounds and release vapor — instead of smoke. Some variations come without nicotine, the addictive stimulant in regular cigarettes.