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Pharmacokinetics and Psychopharmacology of Cigarettes Versus E-cigarettes Among Methamphetamine and Opioid Abusing Individuals

Department of Justice
1/1/2011 – 12/31/2012


This study sought to examine the pharmacokinetics of cigarettes versus e-cigarettes among 1) methamphetamine abusing smokers, 2) opioid abusing smokers, and 3) smokers who are not currently abusing any other drug of abuse. This study is also designed to capture the change and differences between these groups in their psychological response to using cigarettes versus e-cigarettes. This research is intended to answer key questions surrounding nicotine metabolism consumed through conventional versus electronic cigarettes. Moreover, this study will also examine the psychopharmacological responses (via Visual Analog scale as well as other parameters) to cigarettes versus electronic cigarettes.

Primary Investigator

Sterling McPherson
Sterling McPherson, PhD