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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Changes in the Frequency of Airway Infections in Smokers Who Switched To Vaping: Results of an Online Survey
Author(s): Miler, Joanna Astrid
Mayer, Bernhard
Hajek, Peter
Keywords: E-cigarettes
Airway infections
Smoking cessation
Issue Date: 2016
Date Deposited: 20-Jun-2019
Citation: Miler JA, Mayer B & Hajek P (2016) Changes in the Frequency of Airway Infections in Smokers Who Switched To Vaping: Results of an Online Survey. Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy, 7 (4), Art. No.: 290.
Abstract: Background and aim: Cell and animal studies suggested that use of e-cigarettes may increase vulnerability to respiratory infection, though the available studies have serious limitations. Limited data are available on respiratory health of vapers. Methods: An on-line survey assessed subjective changes in respiratory symptoms in smokers who switched to vaping for at least two months. Results: Among 941 responders, 29% reported no change in respiratory symptoms, 5% reported worsening, and 66% reported an improvement. Among qualitative comments, 232 elaborated on positive and 15 on negative experiences. Conclusion: The switch from smoking to vaping was associated with a reduced incidence of self-reported respiratory infections. Further studies using objective measures in samples that are not self-selected are needed.
DOI Link: 10.4172/2155-6105.1000290
Rights: © 2016 Miler JA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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