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Magda Bosch de Basea, Abate Bekele Belachew, Mateusz Jankowski, Howraman Meteran, Orianne Dumas, ERJ Open Research 2022 8: 00697-2021; DOI: 10.1183/23120541.00697-2021

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

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Author: Bosch de Basea, Magda1,2,3; Belachew, Abate Bekele4,5,6; Jankowski, Mateusz7;
Organizations: 1Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Barcelona, Spain
2Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain
3CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Madrid, Spain
4Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
5Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
6School of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
7School of Public Health, Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education, 01-826 Warsaw, Poland
8Dept of Internal Medicine, Respiratory Medicine Section, Copenhagen University Hospital – Herlev and Gentofte, Hellerup, Denmark
9Dept of Public Health, Environment, Work and Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
10Université Paris-Saclay, UVSQ, Univ. Paris-Sud, Inserm, Équipe d'Épidémiologie Respiratoire Intégrative, CESP, 94807, Villejuif, France
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Language: English
Published: European Respiratory Society, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-09-12


In this article, early career members of the Epidemiology and Environment Assembly of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) summarise a selection of four sessions from the Society’s 2021 virtual congress. The topics covered focus on chronic respiratory disease epidemiology, the health effects of tobacco and nicotine, and the respiratory health impact of environmental exposures and climate change. While the burden of chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD is expected to increase in the next decades, research on modifiable risk factors remains key. The tobacco and nicotine research presented here focuses on recent evolutions in cigarette alternatives, including vaping and the use of heated tobacco products, and changes in behaviours related to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. The 2021 World Health Organization 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 air pollution concentrations, as well as the impact of climate change on environmental exposures.

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Series: ERJ open research
ISSN: 2312-0541
ISSN-E: 2312-0541
ISSN-L: 2312-0541
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Article number: 00697-2021
DOI: 10.1183/23120541.00697-2021
Type of Publication: B1 Journal article
Field of Science: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
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