Title

The Correlation between the Flavor of a Vape Liquid and the Ketones Produced

School Name

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Grade Level

9th Grade

Presentation Topic

Consumer Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

The purpose of this experiment was to determine which flavors of vape liquid, when heated and vaporized, contained the highest amount of ketones. It was hypothesized that the liquids with creamy or buttery flavors would contain higher amounts of ketones because these flavors are often artificially produced with Diacetyl, a ketone that is been connected with lung disease. Nine different flavors of vape liquid and one unflavored vape liquid base (control) were heated and vaporized. The vapor was collected using an erlenmeyer flask and a bunsen burner. Rubber tubing was attached to the flask, and the other end of the tubing was inserted into a graduated cylinder, which was upside down in a water bath. The graduated cylinder was water-filled so the rate of gas collection could be measured. When the liquid was vaporized, the vapor was collected in the graduated cylinder , where it was mixed with water to create a solution, which was then tested for ketones using ketone test strips. Each flavor of vape liquid tested negative for ketones, which showed that ketones were not directly present in any of the vape liquid flavors. These results rejected the hypothesis, but confirmed the null hypothesis.

Location

Founders Hall 255 A

Start Date

3-30-2019 9:15 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 30th, 9:15 AM

The Correlation between the Flavor of a Vape Liquid and the Ketones Produced

Founders Hall 255 A

The purpose of this experiment was to determine which flavors of vape liquid, when heated and vaporized, contained the highest amount of ketones. It was hypothesized that the liquids with creamy or buttery flavors would contain higher amounts of ketones because these flavors are often artificially produced with Diacetyl, a ketone that is been connected with lung disease. Nine different flavors of vape liquid and one unflavored vape liquid base (control) were heated and vaporized. The vapor was collected using an erlenmeyer flask and a bunsen burner. Rubber tubing was attached to the flask, and the other end of the tubing was inserted into a graduated cylinder, which was upside down in a water bath. The graduated cylinder was water-filled so the rate of gas collection could be measured. When the liquid was vaporized, the vapor was collected in the graduated cylinder , where it was mixed with water to create a solution, which was then tested for ketones using ketone test strips. Each flavor of vape liquid tested negative for ketones, which showed that ketones were not directly present in any of the vape liquid flavors. These results rejected the hypothesis, but confirmed the null hypothesis.