Measurement of an electronic cigarette aerosol size distribution during a puff
1 Dept. of Thermodynamics and Environmental Sciences, Energy Institute, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, 616 69 Brno, Czech Republic
2 Dept. of Power Engineering, Energy Institute, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, 616 69 Brno, the Czech Republic
* Corresponding author: Belka@fme.vutbr.cz
Published online: 12 May 2017
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become very popular recently because they are marketed as a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking and as a useful tool to smoking cessation. E-cigarettes use a heating element to create an aerosol from a solution usually consisting of propylene glycol, glycerol, and nicotine. Despite the wide spread of e-cigarettes, information about aerosol size distributions is rather sparse. This can be caused by the relative newness of e-cigarettes and by the difficulty of the measurements, in which one has to deal with high concentration aerosol containing volatile compounds. Therefore, we assembled an experimental setup for size measurements of e-cigarette aerosol in conjunction with a piston based machine in order to simulate a typical puff. A TSI scanning mobility particle sizer 3936 was employed to provide information about particle concentrations and sizes. An e-cigarette commercially available on the Czech Republic market was tested and the results were compared with a conventional tobacco cigarette. The particles emitted from the e-cigarette were smaller than those of the conventional cigarette having a CMD of 150 and 200 nm. However, the total concentration of particles from e-cigarette was higher.
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