Paid to Vape: Researchers at John Hopkins University call for tests


by Jeffrey Buckley

Updated: July 21, 2020

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John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, will pay participants in their study to vape. What are researchers from this reputable institution hoping to achieve with this study?

New study on the horizon

In the era of pseudoscience and fake news, it seems harder than ever for vaping to preserve its integrity. Since being introduced in the early 2000s, legislators and health care practitioners, led by the FDA, are consistently targeting e-cigs and vaping in general. Such bashing results in something that every vaper rolls eyes when hearing: “There are not enough studies on vaping.” It seems thatDr. Farsalinos appears to be a lonely figure in accentuating proper research on vaping. Now, how exactly does John Hopkins University plans to change this?

The renowned institution is looking for volunteers, both vapers, and non-vapers, to participate in their newly established research which will take place at the University in the next two years. Researchers aim to conduct two studies to cast a new light on vaping and its effects on health.

Oral VAPOR study

Researchers designed this study for the purpose of evaluating the effect of chronic e-cigarettes on parameters of oral health of young adults. As such, the study aims to determine possible alterations of oral microbiome in vapers and non-vapers.

Cardiopulmonary VAPOR Sub-Study

Same as the previous one, this study also seeks to evaluate the parameters of health under the effect of chronic use of an e-cigarette. However, this study will focus on the lungs. It is intended to observe how chronic e-cig use measured through blood pressure, indicators of psychical activity, and biomarkers of exposure in urine and blood, affects vapers compared to non-users.

To determine whether you are eligible to be a “paid vaper,” click here. Participants will get $50 per visit or $5 monthly. If you keep up with the study for its designated two years, you might earn just over $1000, which is enough to cover your vaping expenses for those two years. Imagine that – vaping, contributing to a study, and making money at the same time! However, imagine the group of non-vapers – doing nothing and earning around $1K!

Would you participate in such a study?

Published: July 14, 2017Updated: July 21, 2020

Jeffrey Buckley

I was a smoker for over 25 years. In this time I also earned my medical degree with a specialization in addiction treatment and counseling. That period has led me to vaping, my interest started around 2011. I’m fighting the tide of hysteria and dis-information around vaping that emanates from various fronts legislative, cultural and scientific. Having scientific councils support, I’m happy to contribute my thoughts, articles, and expertise.


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9 comments on “Paid to Vape: Researchers at John Hopkins University call for tests

  • Eddie Quiroz

    January 15, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I would be very interested in participating in this study I have been smoking cigarettes for over 15 years and just recently started vaping

    • James Bickford

      January 18, 2021 at 8:04 am

      Hi Eddie, thanks for writing in. Unfortunately the study has already closed and is no longer looking for applicants. Sorry to say. Thanks for writing in anyway. Take care and happy vaping!

  • Researcher

    July 26, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    The author is a writer for vapingdaily, not on staff at John Hopkins University. Therefore, John Hopkins University is the organization that should be contacted in reference to this study.

    • James Bickford

      July 30, 2020 at 5:38 am

      The study is still on, but not sure how the quarantine is affecting it. For interested parties, this link will take you to the Eligibility Criteria page for the study. There is also contact information so you can get in touch with the university directly.

  • Jonathan reece

    December 4, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I have been vaping for 5 years smoking cigarettes for 6 I would love to be a part of your research.

  • Nathan

    November 21, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    I’ve been vaping for 9 years non stop.

  • Joseph Medina

    September 4, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    I have been vaping now for over 12 years 24/7,58 years of age and interested in joining a study.

  • Ashley

    August 28, 2018 at 6:52 am

    I would love to participate is this study I vape now 24/7 I would love to!!!

  • Skylor McGee

    November 4, 2017 at 4:15 am

    I would like to participate in this study