Study: Teens, Young Adults Who Vape More at Risk for COVID-19

According to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine which was recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Adolescent Health, teens and young adults who vape are five times more likely to become infected with the coronavirus compared with those who do not use e-cigarettes. Those who both vaped and traditionally smoked were nearly seven times more likely to become infected.

“At least hypothetically, it goes along with what we have learned about e-cigarettes,” said Dr. Sunil Sharma, chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine. “These do harm the lungs and, in some way, (harming) the lungs translates to reduced immunity to infection and that could certainly mean more propensity for COVID-19.

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