Dr. Ana Rule, assistant professor in the department of environmental health and engineering, which spans the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, was recently awarded an $870,000 grant by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study metal exposure from electronic cigarettes.
The project will examine metal exposure in e-cigarettes including the new JUUL products, and is important because it will help to inform the Federal Drug Administration regulation, as there is currently little information in this line of research. The initial stages of the three-year grant will work to recruit e-cigarette users, smokers and non-users to compare levels of metals in their blood, urine and saliva.
[Photo: Dr. Ana Rule]
Dr. Rule is an expert in exposure assessment or airborne contaminants. Dr. Rule has worked on air pollution research for more than 10 years, including as co-investigator and project manager of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) particulate matter center. Dr. Rule is the current director of the Johns Hopkins University Environmental Exposure Assessment Lab, and has developed air sampling strategies to study health effects of emerging exposures such as those from water-pipe and e-cigarettes.