Nicotine and Tobacco Product Assessment Services and Fees

NicoTAR services can be provided by facility personnel:

  • Assistance in the selection, design, and execution of NicoTAR experiments
  • Assistance in processing and interpreting NicoTAR data
  • Training and instruction for all users

A wide range of NicoTAR assays is available, including:

  • Nicotine analysis in combustible tobacco products, smokeless tobacco products, shisha, and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products (including patches, gums, lozenges, etc.)
  • Nicotine analysis in Mainstream (MS) and Sidestream (SS) tobacco smoke
  • Nicotine analysis in e-cigarette vapor or solutions/cartridges
  • Nicotine analysis in indoor air (marker of secondhand exposure)
  • Measurement of particulates (PM2.5 and PM10) in indoor air (markers of secondhand exposure)
  • Nicotine analysis on deposited surfaces (marker of thirdhand exposure)
  • PGVG concentration determination in e-cigarette solutions/cartridges
  • Flavoring identification (qualitative) and menthol (quantification)  in e-cigarette solutions/cartridges
  • Nicotine salt identification in e-cigarette solutions/cartridges
  • TSNA’s analysis in e-cigarette solutions/cartridges and tobacco products  
  • Cotinine and trans-3'-hydroxycotinineanalysis in urine, saliva, and plasma (markers of exposure)
  • NNAL analysis in urine (markers of exposure)
  • Carbon monoxide measurement in exhaled breath (verification of smoking status)
  • Moisture in tobacco product
  • Cigarette ventilation and pressure drop
  • Cigarette paper porosity
  • pH in e-cigarette solutions/cartridges
  • Density in e-cigarette solutions/cartridges
  • Air-liquid interface systems to expose cell lines to tobacco smoke and e-cigarette vapors
  • Systems for whole body exposure of small animals to secondhand tobacco smoke
  • Metal Testing (Pb, Ni, Cr, and Cd) in whole tobacco, e-liquids, and Urine
  • E.L.I.S.A. to determine cytokine concentration in media or THC concentration in urine
  • Planning and collaboration for specialized experimental procedures specific to current human subject studies, both clinical and non-clinical.

Qualified users enjoy 24 hours / 7 days a week open access to:

  • All equipment
  • Data processing facilities: PCs

Hourly Charge Rates for Service and Usage 

Please contact Dr. Goniewicz at for detailed charge rates. Investigators are billed on a monthly basis for equipment use and services provided.

Scheduling and Ordering

Investigators should contact Dr. Maciej Goniewicz at before submitting any samples, to discuss the assay required and timeframe for competition of requested tasks.

Investigators should contact Noel Leigh at for scheduling information, including use of the GC-NPD, GC-MS, GC-QTOF, LC-MS/MS, AAS, smoking rooms, smoking machines or workstations.