Abstract Studies of endoepithelial-triggered reflexes, such as nasal respiratory reflexes, are difficult to carry out in humans without a non-traumatic and reliable stimulation device. The air puff stimulator described allows us to deliver air puffs of brief duration at various intensities, frequencies, and temperatures. The stimulation is non-traumatizing and non-nociceptive. We have successfully used it in animals as a source of specific stimuli to enable us to study central and peripheral neuronal responses evoked by activation of endonasal dynamically sensitive receptors. Immunohistochemical studies of the c- fos expression evoked during sneezing elicited by air puffs provided additional evidence for the specificity of this particular stimulation technique. We suggest that the use of such a non-traumatizing air puff stimulator could be extended to human studies. It might be particularly useful in developmental studies of endoepithelial-triggered reflexes such as those respiratory reflexes whose immaturity at birth can be life-threatening.