Exposure to nicotine in vapor from electronic cigarettes appears to contribute to mucociliary dysfunction that is often seen with respiratory diseases such as COPD and asthma, according to in vitro and in vivo data published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Matthias Salathe, MD, Peter T. Bohan Professor and Chair of the department of internal medicine and associate director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and colleagues performed the study to “see whether e-cigarettes have the same detrimental effects like tobacco on the clearing mechanisms of the airways (also called mucociliary clearance as part of the innate defense system).” Salathe told Healio Pulmonology.
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