Nicotine and Tobacco Product Assessment Services and Fees

NicoTAR services can be provided by facility personnel:

  • Assistance in 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 are 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)
  • Analysis of nicotine deposited on surfaces (marker of thirdhand exposure)
  • Cotinine and nicotine analysis in urine, saliva, and plasma (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
  • 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
  • Testing metals (As, Cd, and Pb) in whole tobacco and e-liquids using Health Canada method T-306

Qualified users enjoy 24 hour/7 day a week open access to:

  • All equipment
  • Data processing facilities: PCs

Hourly Charge Rates for Service and UsageĀ 

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 prior to submitting any samples, to discuss the assay required and timeframe for competition of requested tasks.

Investigators should contact Noel Leigh at for scheduling information, scheduling of time for use of the GC-NPD/ GC-MSMS, smoking machine or workstations.