USC study investigates the benefits or health risks of vaping and smoking


Researchers at USC are seeking study participants who vape or smoke as well as non-smokers in the Los Angeles area. The purpose of the research is to study the health benefits and risks of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs). Your participation will help to better understand the potential effects of e-cigs on the human body.

Compensation is available.

Keywords: vaping, smoking, electronic cigarette, e-cig, cigarette

Study Sites

1450 Biggy St. Bldg. 288 Los Angeles 90033

  • Men & Women
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21 - 55

What's involved?

Study length
  • 1hr-1.5 hrs. (MAX)

Number of visits
  • 1

  • None

  • 30 minute in person interview

  • Painless and noninvasive cheek brushing with a toothbrush

  • Small blood sample

  • Compensation is available for successful completion of the study visit.

Medical cost coverage
  • All study-related costs are covered by the sponsor.

Why participate?

Many studies face critical delays due to lack of participants. Be part of the solution!


Must have

  • Qualified individuals 21 and over may be:
  • -Smokers
  • -Vapers/e-cig users
  • -Non-smokers & Non-Vapers to serve as the control group
  • To sign-up click the link below:
  • Or call us at:
  • (323)-442-7765

About This Study

USC is conducting a research study on the health risks or benefits of new and emerging tobacco products. Visit to learn more.

Study Team

Principal Investigator
Ahmad Besaratinia, PhD

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Research study materials

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