Vaping increases Covid-19 risk for young people
Vaping is linked to a significant increase in Covid-19 risk among teenagers and young adults, according to a new study.
Since March, experts have been speculating that vaping might be the reason more young people are getting ill than health experts predicted, however, this new study, published the Journal of Adolescent Health, is the first to examine the connection between youth vaping and Covid-19.
Among the young people who were tested for Covid-19, researchers from Stanford University found that those who used e-cigarettes were five to seven times more likely to be infected than those who didn’t vape.
Evidence shows vaping can weaken the lungs normal functions as well as causes airway and lung inflammation, which make it easier for pathogens to enter the body. Further, some ingredients in vape cartridges can slow the body’s ability to fight off infections, Forbes reported.
"Young people may believe their age protects them from contracting the virus or that they will not experience symptoms of Covid-19, but the data show this isn't true among those who vape," said lead author, Shivani Mathur Gaiha.
More than 4,000 people in the U.S. between the ages of 13 to 24 were surveyed in May for the study, answering questions about whether they had ever smoked vapes or cigarettes and if they had vaped or smoked in the past 30 days. They were also asked if they had experienced Covid-19 symptoms, been tested for Covid-19 or or tested positive for Covid-19.