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Electronic cigarettes: Investigating the harms and benefits

Guest edited by Associate Editor, Professor Robert Bals (Saarland University, Germany), this series of articles provides 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-data information on this topic.

Respiratory Research is pleased to still be accepting submissions for this thematic series.

Featured blog post: E-cigarettes affect lung biology, even in those who’ve never smoked

New Content ItemResearch into the potential health effects of e-cigarettes has so far focused on in vitro studies or on users who are ex-cigarette smokers. But how do e-cigarettes affect people who have never smoked before? A new study published in Respiratory Research finds that in a small sample of volunteers, smoking e-cigarettes lead to clear changes in lung biology, suggesting further research is needed before we label e-cigarettes as harmless.

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Aims and scope

Respiratory Research publishes high-quality clinical and basic research, review and commentary articles on all aspects of respiratory medicine and related diseases.

As the leading fully open access journal in the field, Respiratory Research provides an essential resource for pulmonologists, allergists, immunologists and other physicians, researchers, healthcare workers and medical students with worldwide dissemination of articles resulting in high visibility and generating international discussion.

Editorial board

Oliver Schildgen, Kliniken der Stadt Koln gGmbH, Klinikum der Privaten Universitat Witten/Herdecke, Germany 
Kelan Tantisira, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA

Associate Editors
Robert Bals, Saarland University, Germany
Francesco Blasi, University of Milan, Italy
Arnaud Bourdin, University of Montpellier, France
Mario Cazzola, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Sanjay Haresh Chotirmall, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore
Suzanne Cloonan, Weill Cornell Medicine, USA
Taylor Cohen, MedImmune, USA
Bruno Crestani, Bichat Hospital, France
Jeanine D'Armiento, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA
Olivier Danhaive, University of California San Francisco, USA
Massimo Di Maio, University of Turin, Italy
Louise Donnelly, Imperial College London, UK
Michael Kreuter, Universitatsklinikum Heidelberg, Germany
Guha Krishnaswamy, Wake Baptist Hospital, USA
Victor Laubach, University of Virginia, USA
Yasuhiko Nishioka, Tokushima University, Japan
Stylianos Orfanos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Reynold A. Panettieri Jr, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
Stephen Peters, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, USA
YS Prakash, Mayo Clinic, USA
Giovanni Sotgiu, University of Sassari, Italy
Dale D Tang, Albany Medical College, USA
Johan Verbraecken, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium

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Featured article: The genetics of smoking in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

© iStockSmoking is the principal modifiable environmental risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Most of the genetic studies of smoking have relied on self-reported smoking status which is vulnerable to reporting and recall bias. This study demonstrates that using objective measures of smoking such as eCO and/or salivary cotinine can more precisely capture the genetic contribution to multiple aspects of smoking behaviour. 

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Editors profiles

Jan Lötvall
Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine, and Chairman of the Krefting Research Centre at the University of Gothenburg.

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Respiratory Research welcomes review articles on a variety of different topics relating to the scope of the journal. Submit your review today.

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Reynold Panettieri
Professor and Vice Chancellor for Translational Medicine and Science at The State University of New Jersey.

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