Vaping Linked To Risk Of COVID-19 In Teens, Young Adults

Henrietta Brewer
August 14, 2020

In a letter addressed to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn on Tuesday, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, called on the federal agency to "clear the market of all e-cigarettes, temporarily, for the duration of the coronavirus crisis". She explained why she found the increased risk due to combined use significant, despite the lack of a link between COVID-19 and vaping in the past 30 days.

The sample also included approximately equal numbers of people in different age groups (adolescent, young adult and adult), races and genders.

Additionally, they say nicotine in e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes can cause lung damage, which makes contracting COVID-19 more unsafe. Several healthcare players are actively involved in COVID-19 vaccine development at present though we have no approved vaccines yet. The researchers note, in any case, that vaping includes the continued contact of hands to the mouth and face, which is related to the spread of COVID-19.

A USA study has found that teenagers and young adults who used e-cigarettes (vaping) were more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19. However, an individual who only vapes was five times as likely to be diagnosed with the disease. The data showed how teens and young adults increasingly used e-cigarettes.

The Democrat from Schaumburg, Ill., said he presented studies on April 1 to the FDA as part of the subcommittee's ongoing investigation into the youth vaping epidemic that indicated the coronavirus presents greater risk to e-cigarette users. Other studies have demonstrated that lung damage triggered by e-cigarettes is equivalent to combustible cigarettes.

Because of the appalling findings of the study, USA lawmakers now called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove e-cigarettes from the market until the pandemic is over. Worse, e-cigarettes may make it easier for SARS-CoV-2 to get into the cells. The study was as participated by 4,351 people age between 13 to 24 across the United States. The finding of the study reported a heightened risk of receiving COVID-19 testing.

According to World Health Organization data, there have been more than 20.16 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 737,417 reported deaths as of 12 August 2020 (at AEST 5:05 PM).

"Using e-cigs is sort of like the anti-mask", Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and MassGeneral Hospital for Children told NBC News. The lead author said that this should be given importance because the risk is not a small increase but a big one.

Among those tested for COVID-19, researchers at Stanford University found that those who used e-cigarettes were five to seven times more likely to be infected with the virus than those who did not vape.

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