New Insights into Respiratory Diseases Caused by Substance Abuse

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Pulmonology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2024 | Viewed by 166

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Unit of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Precision and Regenerative Medicine and Ionian Area, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Piazza Giulio Cesare 11, 70124 Bari, Italy
Interests: thoracic surgery; minimally invasive and robotic thoracic surgery; lung cancer; mediastinal tumors; pleural diseases; chest wall diseases; pediatric bronchoscopy; lung metastases; rare chest tumors

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Associate Professor, Institute of Respiratory Disease, Department of Translational Biomedicine and Neuroscience, University "Aldo Moro", Bari, Italy
Interests: obstructive lung diseases; airway obstruction; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); obstructive sleep apnea; pulmonary medicine; respiration disorders; spirometry; allergic asthma; asthma; allergic diseases
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Dear Colleagues,

Tobacco smoking, cannabis smoking, and drugs abuse are, nowadays, very common among young people. In the last few years, researchers have studied and pointed out the deleterious effects of tobacco and cannabis consumption on the respiratory system. The action of tobacco and/or cannabis on the airways may lead to hyperresponsiveness, inflammation, tissue destruction, and lung emphysema. Consequently, tobacco and/or cannabis abuse can cause upper and lower airways diseases, with acute and chronic manifestations and, among the latter, lung cancer represents a possible evolution. Pathogenesis studies investigating the detrimental effects of marijuana on the cells of the respiratory system are in progress. Campaigns for smoking prevention and for cessation of such voluptuary habits have an important role in limiting the spread of respiratory diseases caused by this abuse and an ethical and sociological relevance for young populations. In this Special Issue, we welcome authors to submit papers on recent and new insights into respiratory diseases caused by drugs or tobacco.

Dr. Angela De Palma
Dr. Silvano Dragonieri
Guest Editors

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  • drugs
  • cannabis
  • smoking
  • respiratory diseases
  • prevention
  • treatment

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