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Changes in the Frequency of Airway Infections in Smokers Who Switched To Vaping: Results of an Online Survey

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. https://doi.org/10.4172/2155-6105.1000290

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.

Keywords
E-cigarettes; Vaping; Airway infections; Smoking cessation; Survey

Journal
Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy: Volume 7, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Author(s)Miler, Joanna Astrid; Mayer, Bernhard; Hajek, Peter
FundersQueen Mary University of London
Publication date31/12/2016
Publication date online31/08/2016
Date accepted by journal30/07/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/29768
PublisherOMICS Publishing Group
ISSN2155-6105
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