Study Finds Vaping Increases COVID-19 Risk Among Young People

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A Pew Research Center study shows that vaping among young adults and teens leads to a significant increase in the likelihood of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

Among those tested for COVID-19, researchers at Stanford University found that those who used e-cigarettes were five to seven times more likely to be infected with the virus than those who did not vape.

Recent months have shown that not only are an increasing number of young people getting the virus, but some are having very dangerous cases, and those who vape (and smoke) are at severe risk of complications.

COVID-19 infection was associated with substantial severity and mortality rates in COPD. Compared to former and never smokers, current smokers were at greater risk of severe complications and higher mortality rate.

The study found that young people who had used both e-cigarettes and cigarettes within the previous 30 days were almost seven times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

Effective preventive measures are required to reduce COVID-19 risk in COPD patients and current smokers.

Fatalities related to e-cigarettes have occurred in Indiana first, then Illinois and Oregon. Hundreds of individuals have been hospitalized with lung-disease symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and fevers, and many are in need of intensive care and help in breathing through oxygen devices.

Previous research has also shown that smokers and vapers are at higher risk of a more severe COVID-19 infection and are more likely to die from the virus.

Evidence shows vaping can weaken the lung’s normal functions, as well as causes airway and lung inflammation, which makes it easier for pathogens to enter the body.

Further, some ingredients in vape cartridges can slow the body’s ability to fight off infections.

The study’s researchers hope that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be prompted to create stricter regulations for how vape products are sold to young people, and to warn that vapers and smokers are at severe risk for COVID-19 and lung disease.