Cigarette smoke in lungs evokes reflex increase in tracheal submucosal gland secretion in dogs.

Stimulation of pulmonary C-fibers (PCs) by capsaicin and of rapidly adapting receptors (RARs) by reduced lung compliance reflexly increases airway submucosal gland secretion in dogs. Because both PCs and RARs are stimulated by cigarette smoke (nicotine being the primary stimulus), we performed experiments in anesthetized open-chest artificially ventilated… CONTINUE READING