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Vaping Impairs Innate Immune Response of the Airway

Presented By
Prof. Jørgen Vestbo, member of the ERS Tobacco Control Committee; University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Conference
ERS 2019

In a hot topic session, Prof. Jørgen Vestbo (member of the ERS Tobacco Control Committee; University of Manchester, United Kingdom) summarised the ERS position towards vaping – a clear “no” to all vaping devices [1].

Last year, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) published a statement on e-cigarettes [2]. They criticised the increasing use of e-cigarettes among youth, and the fact that the available flavourings particularly appeal to this age group, arguing that flavourings should be prohibited [2]. Recently, the ERS task force report on electronic cigarettes has been published [3]. In the report, the ERS emphasises that e-cigarette aerosols contain potentially toxic chemicals. Even second-hand exposure represents a possible risk. In addition, the long-term effects of vaping are unknown. “There is no evidence that e-cigarettes are safer than tobacco in the long term,” said Prof. Vestbo. Although industry poses that alternative nicotine ...



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