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ERJ Open Res. 2019 Feb 11;5(1). pii: 00159-2018. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00159-2018. eCollection 2019 Feb.

IQOS exposure impairs human airway cell homeostasis: direct comparison with traditional cigarette and e-cigarette.

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Respiratory Translational Research Group, Dept of Laboratory Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia.
Dept of Pharmacology, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research, Guwahati, India.
Medical Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
Woolcock Emphysema Centre, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.


Heat-not-burn (HNB) devices can alter vital physiological functions in the lung. HNB devices may not be a safer option than cigarette smoking or eCig vaping; this does not support the recommendation of their use over other nicotine delivery products.

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Conflict of interest: S.S. Sohal has nothing to disclose. Conflict of interest: M.S. Eapen has nothing to disclose. Conflict of interest: V.G.M. Naidu has nothing to disclose. Conflict of interest: P. Sharma has nothing to disclose.

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