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Electronic cigarettes: Investigating the harms and benefits

Guest Editor: Robert Bals (Saarland University, Germany)

This series of articles, published in Respiratory Research, provides the newest research and comprehensive background information on e-cigarettes. The articles aim to address the needs of basic researchers, clinicians and other individuals that need up-to-date information on this topic.

The series is still open for submissions which would undergo the journals normal peer review process. Funds may be available to cover article processing charges, at the Editors discretion.

Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please make sure the correct collection title is chosen from the additional information tab. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for the electronic cigarette collection.

For further information, please email

  1. Research

    Evidence for harm reduction in COPD smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes

    Electronic cigarettes (ECs) are battery-operated devices designed to vaporise nicotine, which may help smokers quitting or reducing their tobacco consumption. There is a lack of data on the health effects of E...

    Riccardo Polosa, Jaymin Bhagwanji Morjaria, Pasquale Caponnetto, Umberto Prosperini, Cristina Russo, Alfio Pennisi and Cosimo Marcello Bruno

    Respiratory Research 2016 17:166

    Published on: 16 December 2016

  2. Review

    Ethical considerations of e-cigarette use for tobacco harm reduction

    Due to their similarity to tobacco cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) could play an important role in tobacco harm reduction. However, the public health community remains divided concerning the a...

    Caroline Franck, Kristian B. Filion, Jonathan Kimmelman, Roland Grad and Mark J. Eisenberg

    Respiratory Research 2016 17:53

    Published on: 17 May 2016

  3. Research

    Electronic cigarette exposure triggers neutrophil inflammatory responses

    The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) is increasing and there is widespread perception that e-cigs are safe. E-cigs contain harmful chemicals; more research is needed to evaluate the safety of e-cig use. O...

    Andrew Higham, Nicholas J. W. Rattray, Jennifer A. Dewhurst, Drupad K. Trivedi, Stephen J. Fowler, Royston Goodacre and Dave Singh

    Respiratory Research 2016 17:56

    Published on: 17 May 2016

  4. Research

    Airway epithelial cell exposure to distinct e-cigarette liquid flavorings reveals toxicity thresholds and activation of CFTR by the chocolate flavoring 2,5-dimethypyrazine

    The potential for adverse respiratory effects following exposure to electronic (e-) cigarette liquid (e-liquid) flavorings remains largely unexplored. Given the multitude of flavor permutations on the market, ...

    Cara L. Sherwood and Scott Boitano

    Respiratory Research 2016 17:57

    Published on: 17 May 2016

  5. Research

    Occupational and environmental risk factors for chronic rhinosinusitis in China: a multicentre cross-sectional study

    Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is defined as a condition of inflammation in the paranasal sinus mucosa persisting for more than 12 weeks. We previously reported that the prevalence of CRS was about 8 % in China....

    Wen-Xiang Gao, Chun-Quan Ou, Shu-Bin Fang, Yue-Qi Sun, Hua Zhang, Lei Cheng, Yan-Jun Wang, Dong-Dong Zhu, Wei Lv, Shi-Xi Liu, P. Z. Li, Geng Xu, Jianbo Shi and Qing-Ling Fu

    Respiratory Research 2016 17:54

    Published on: 17 May 2016