Covid-19: e-cigarette smokers are more likely to be infected

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Researchers from Stanford University reveal in a study published on August 11 that adolescents and young adults who use electronic cigarettes are at greater risk of being infected with Covid-19.

Watch out for young adults and adolescents who vape! They would be at higher risk of contracting covid-19. This is the result of a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health on August 11. To carry out their work, researchers at the Faculty of Medicine at Stanford University observed surveys conducted online last May: 4,351 people aged 13 to 24 had answered questions.

They indicated their consumption of cigarettes and e-cigarettes, whether they had developed symptoms related to Covid-19 and whether they had received a possible positive test. Using this data, the study authors divided the volunteers into two groups. The first with participants who had never vaped before. The second, those who regularly used electronic cigarettes. The study took into account origin, age and sex.

Bottom line: Among people who were tested for Covid-19 in May 2020, those who vaped were 5 times more likely to be positive than those who did not consume electronic cigarettes. Another interesting point is that people who used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the past 30 days were almost 7 times more likely to test positive for the virus.

“Teens and young adults should know that if you use electronic cigarettes you are probably at immediate risk of Covid-19 because you damage your lungs,” explained Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, lead author of the study and professor of pediatrics. She hopes the results will help to attract attention and encourage further restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes, especially to young people.

“We need the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to hurry up and regulate these products. And we have to tell everyone: if you are a vapor, you put yourself at risk of COVID-19 and other lung diseases,” she concludes.

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