Clinical Update in Pulmonary Conditions Associated with Tobacco Dependence and E-cigarette Use: A Case-based Approach

Authored and presented by:

Sandra G. Adams, MD, MS; Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine Division, UT Health San Antonio and Staff Physician, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, San Antonio, TX

About the presentation:

During this session, we will discuss three cases of typical patients with pulmonary diseases associated with tobacco and electronic cigarette use who can be optimally managed by collaborative care and coordination with the patient, as well as the primary care clinician, psychiatrist, pulmonologist, and other specialists. The conditions we will discuss include e-cigarette and vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma/COPD overlap (ACO), inducible laryngeal obstruction (ILO) – which was formerly called vocal cord dysfunction, and asthma. We will identify common signs and symptoms of these pulmonary conditions, differentiate the clinical characteristics among them, and identify ways to implement strategies to help manage these conditions in order to improve the lives of our patients.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Recognize signs and symptoms of pulmonary conditions associated with traditional cigarettes and electronic cigarettes
  2. Differentiate between the clinical characteristics of EVALI, COPD, ACO, ILO, and asthma
  3. Identify strategies inpatient and outpatient psychiatrists can successfully implement to improve the lives of patients with these pulmonary conditions