Forum of International Respiratory Societies Urges Restrictions on E-Cigarettes

September 16, 2014

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) recently released a position statement regarding the use of electronic cigarettes.  Researchers who developed the statement advocated for restrictions on the devices until further health safety and impact studies were conducted.  The American Thoracic Society (ATS) Journal of Respiratory Care and Medicine published an article on September 15, 2014 highlighting the issue.   

The authors stated that recent studies on smokeless tobacco devices have had inconsistent results, and therefore require greater observation despite any potential benefits they may have to traditional cigarettes. 

They argued that, "...electronic cigarettes may have overall adverse health impact by increasing initiation and reducing cessation of combustible nicotine delivery products," and concluded, "electronic nicotine delivery devices should be restricted or banned until more information about their safety is available. If they are allowed, they should be closely regulated as medicines or tobacco products.”

Download the ATS Journal of Respiratory Care and Medicine article below.

Read the full FIRS position statement here.

Citation: Sugeet Jagpal, Oleksandr Pistun, and John Mikhail "Pirfenidone for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Thrombocytosis in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbations, and a Longitudinal Study on E-Cigarettes", American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 190, No. 6 (2014), pp. 699-700. doi: 10.1164/RCCM.201406-1188RR