ERS 2021 International Congress: highlights of the Epidemiology and Environment Assembly


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ERJ Open Res. 2022 May 23;8(2):00697-2021. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00697-2021. eCollection 2022 Apr.


In this article, early career members of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Epidemiology and Environment Assembly summarize a selection of four sessions from the Society’s 2021 Virtual Congress. Topics covered include the epidemiology of chronic respiratory diseases, the health effects of tobacco and nicotine, and the impact on respiratory health of environmental exposures and climate change. While the burden of chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD is expected to increase over the coming decades, research into modifiable risk factors remains essential. The tobacco and nicotine research presented here focuses on recent developments in alternatives to cigarettes, including vaping and the use of heated tobacco products, and behavioral changes related to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. The World Health Organization’s 2021 air quality guidelines were also a major topic of the congress. Despite their benefits, challenges remain in driving and implementing environmental health policies to take into account the respiratory effects observed at very low concentrations of air pollution, as well as the impact of climate change on environmental exposures.

PMID:35615413 | PMC: PMC9126047 | DOI:10.1183/23120541.00697-2021

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