Study: Teens, young adults who vape at higher risk of COVID-19 infection

Posted at 11:34 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 13:34:44-04

STANFORD, Calif. — A new study by the Stanford School of Medicine shows teenagers and young adults who vape face a much higher risk of COVID-19 infection than their peers who do not vape.

Researchers found young people who vaped were five to seven times more likely to be infected than those who do not use e-cigarettes.

“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 the study’s lead author, postdoctoral scholar Shivani Mathur Gaiha, PhD, in a Stanford School of Medicine article. “This study tells us pretty clearly that youth who are using vapes or are dual-using [e-cigarettes and cigarettes] are at elevated risk, and it’s not just a small increase in risk; it’s a big one,” Gaiha said.

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