College

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-05 10:39:56

Major

Biology

Honors Course

3100:499

Number of Credits

3

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020

Abstract

With an increase in popularity among young adults using vaping devices (electronic cigarettes) instead of cigarettes, the effects of these vapors combined with other substances, such as oral contraceptives, is not widely studied. Women who smoke traditional cigarettes while taking oral contraceptives have a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and thromboembolism. Due to similarities between cigarettes and e-cigarettes, further studies need to examine the effects of e-cigarettes while taking oral contraceptives. This literature review discusses the hypotheses associated with the combined use of vaping devices while taking oral contraceptives. Proposed experimentation includes zebrafish as the model organism. The fish would be split into four different groups: control group, vapor exposed group, oral contraceptive group, and vapor + oral contraceptive group. Once exposed for up to one week, the clotting time of the zebrafish caudal vein would be observed. Analysis of the data would follow. Future directions of experimentation are discussed.

Research Sponsor

Brian Bagatto

First Reader

Henry Astley

Second Reader

Janna Andronowski

Honors Faculty Advisor

Brian Bagatto

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