How much do you know about e-cigarettes? Electronic cigarettes were first marketed in the US a little bit more than 10 years ago. Since then, they have evolved into many different types of devices and the sale of e-cigarettes (e-cigs) and e-liquids (e-juice) has exploded. How do they work, what do they contain, and what kind of potential health effects could they induce?
This Café will reveal the components of e-cigs, their potential toxicity, and our current gaps in knowledge. By understanding the cause-and-effect relationship between e-cig components and toxic effects, as well as differentiating the use of e-cigs in older adults and adolescents, maybe we can begin to see the complexity of this issue.
About our Speaker
Ilona Jaspers, PhD, is a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in the Department of Pediatrics with joint appointments in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology as well as Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Dr. Jaspers first came to UNC-CH to conduct her postdoctoral studies in the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology in 1997. Now, as Deputy Director of the Center, Dr. Jaspers collaborates extensively with investigators from UNC-CH and the U.S. Environmental Protection agency to conduct translational studies related to air pollution health effects. Research in Dr. Jaspers’ laboratory focuses on the mechanisms by which exposure to air pollutants such as ozone, wood smoke, cigarette smoke, and e-cigarettes modifies host defense responses.