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.