E-cigarettes in the COVID-19 era.

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Date: April-June 2021
From: Annals of Thoracic Medicine(Vol. 16, Issue 2)
Publisher: Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd.
Document Type: Article
Length: 578 words
Lexile Measure: 1630L

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Byline: Gabriela. Alberca, Ricardo. Alberca


We read with great interest the article entitled 'E-cigarettes: A novel therapy or a looming catastrophe' by Hussain et al . that was published in Annals of Thoracic Medicine .[1] The manuscript highlights the impact of e-cigarettes on the respiratory and cardiovascular system in active and passive smokers and their impact on young adults. Nevertheless, due to the current coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic situation, we would like to raise some questions.

COVID-19 systemic and respiratory disease is generated by infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 that infects cells via the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor. It is clear that tobacco smoking is a risk factor for severe COVID-19,[2] but the exact mechanism is not clear. Some shreds of evidence support that smoking increases the expression of the ACE2 receptor in the lungs[3] and also increases the systemic...

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