Welcome to this year's edition of European Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. This edition includes expert interviews focused on the U-BIOPRED study and updated GOLD COPD recommendations. Editorials consider smoking cessation, sleep-related breathing disorders and COPD, and there are informative reviews on the potential association between asthma and gastroesophageal reflux disease in children, as well as ideal characteristics for asthma inhalers. We hope you enjoy this edition of European Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases and find topical content of clinical relevance to you. We are currently accepting submissions for our 2018 edition and welcome enquires through our submission site here.