LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Harmful effects from one puff of shisha-pen vapor: methodological and interpretational problems in the risk assessment analysis
 
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Department of Cardiology, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Kallithea, Greece
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Department of Pharmacy, University of Patras, Rio, Greece
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Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven-University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
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Konstantinos E. Farsalinos   

Department of Cardiology, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Sygrou 356, Kallithea 17674, Greece
Publish date: 2016-07-07
 
Tobacco Induced Diseases 2016;14(July):22
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With this letter we express our concerns about the applicability of the proposed Margin of Exposure analysis as a method of risk assessment for propylene glycol and glycerol exposure from a shisha-pen type electronic cigarette. The studies used to determine the Margin of Exposure were evaluating the effects in humans or animals of continuous exposure to these chemicals in every single breath, whereas electronic cigarettes are used intermittently by consumers, resulting in lower and discontinuous exposure. Moreover, the authors make no clear distinction between irritation and harm, neither do they discuss the effects of exposure compared to continuous smoking.
 
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Analytical Assessment of E-Cigarettes
K.E. Farsalinos
 
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