The impact of long term e-cigarette use on lung health
12:20 - 12:40
Safety and Health Effects
Under normal condition of use, electronic cigarettes (ECs) are a much less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Nonetheless, there is concern as to whether regular long-term use may carry some risk to lung health. The available evidence from retrospective as well as prospective studies of regular EC users shows no negative impact on lung health outcomes. In particular, studies of patients with pre-existing airways disease indicate overall respiratory improvement, whereas more recent work on long term exposure in EC users who have never smoked shows no deterioration. Consequently, ECs are unlikely to raise significant health concerns for the respiratory tract under normal condition of use. Former smokers using and smokers intending to use ECs should receive correct information about residual risks and potential benefits of these products. Promoting further access to ECs may substantially reduce individual risk and population harm.
- Professor Riccardo Polosa Director - Institute of Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology, University of Catania
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