Roswell Park Researching Long-term Effects of E-Cigarettes

April 16, 2014 Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 11:19 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

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April 16, 2014 Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 11:19 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) If you're a smoker looking to quit, research is underway to look at the effects of electronic cigarettes and the chemicals in them.

Dr. Maciej Goniewicz is leading research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute here in Buffalo.

His team is trying to confirm what current evidence shows: that e-cigarette users can reduce exposure to the harmful chemicals and toxins in tobacco smoke and quit easier.

They also want to explore the possible adverse effects of the chemicals used in the vapors and flavors of the electronic cigarettes.

"The main concern right now, I think, is long term consequences of long term use of this device," said Dr. Maciej Goniewicz.

As the popularity of the e-cigarette grows, so does concern that people will start using them for fun, which could open the door to nicotine addiction.

Golden Pipe Smoke Shop in Blasdell, sells the devices and makes their own "e-juice," the flavored vapor. They say they have seen their customers significantly reduce their intake levels of nicotine and even kick their smoking habits altogether.

Dr. Goniewicz urges that if you don't smoke tobacco cigarettes, there is no reason to experiment with e-cigarettes.

Roswell Park says they are still looking for a few more participants for the study that Dr. Goniewicz is conducting now - specifically, dual users, smokers who are also using electronic cigarettes.

"The participants will be asked to come to Roswell Park just once, for only about an hour - we'll ask them some questions, collect a urine sample and do a nasal swab and breath test," said Annie Deck-Miller, a spokeswoman for Roswell Park.

"Participants will be given a $50 gift card to compensate them for their time. Dual users interested in participating in the study can call 845-4916."