Port Chester, New York, August 8, 2015—National Vapers Club (“NVC”) was founded in 2009 as the preeminent organization to support education of the electronic cigarette to industry participants and promote responsible manufacturing of vaping products. Today, NVC (www.vapersclub.com) announces it has pledged the initial seed money to support the Bystander Exposure Assessment Research Study (BEARS).
In 2012, NVC funded the first research study comparing the effects of e-cigarette vapor and cigarette smoke on indoor air quality (IVAQs) http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/08958378.2012.724728. BEARS is a continuation of its earlier research efforts, funded by money raised at its semi-annual industry convention, Vapefest.
The company has retained Dr. Timothy R. McAuley, a multi-award winning environmental expert and internationally recognized in air quality and human health exposure assessment. Dr. McAuley, is a world renowned expert in electronic cigarettes and has served on expert panels for the American Heart Association (AHA) and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to help assess data gaps and drive future research critical for future investigations into electronic cigarettes. Dr. McAuley lead the previous study referenced above that today is still one of the top three studies referenced in the world around electronic cigarettes and indoor air quality. Dr. McAuley is also well recognized in providing scientific information for driving electronic cigarette policy and from his previous work he will be executing a novel investigation to assess the potential impacts of electronic cigarette vapor and impacts on bystander exposures.
As currently planned, the study will be performed in a multi-floor shared ventilation system building in order to assess the dispersion and migration path of the vapors throughout the designated building’s multi-floor shared ventilation system. This study will also assess the migration path of the vapor to various areas around the building. The anticipated results will allow Dr. McAuley and his team to fill a very large existing data gap in current scientific literature which will provide direct evidence to better understand (i) any alleged potential risks to people living in shared ventilation system buildings and (ii) whether or not concern is warranted regarding exposures to residences of non-electronic cigarette users that may living in close proximity to users and concerned over potential exposures through shared ventilation systems.