COVID-19: Does Vaping Increase Your Risk of Getting Sick?

Coronavirus, COVID-19, Vaping

Experts suggest that vaping and smoking increase your chance of getting and sharing COVID-19

New information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that young people may be more impacted by COVID-19 than was initially reported. Although there is no evidence to explain why young people more at risk than previously thought, some experts believe that the popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping increasing the cases of COVID-19 in teens.

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The Food and Drug Administration declared that the teenage use of vaping products is a nationwide epidemic and the CDC continues to warn against a life-threatening vaping illness that attacks the lungs called EVALI, or “E-cigarette or Vaping-Associated Lung Injury.” Approximately one in four teens in the United States vapes or smokes e-cigarettes.

Because vaping can cause dangerous lung and respiratory problems resulting in EVALI, experts believe that vaping can agitate the symptoms of COVID-19, although it is still not known for sure. However, a link has been drawn between vaping and the spread of COVID-19 because people who vape are already more susceptible to lung infections; COVID-19 just compounds the problem and can infect a person who vapes more easily. 

Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, believes that people should stop vaping and avoid any secondhand exposure. “Based on what we know, generally, about smoking and e-cigarettes—and in particular about smoking and COVID-19 from people who are already sick, from one study in China—it stands to reason that you would lower your risk if you stopped doing these things.”