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expert reaction to youth vaping and COVID-19

A study, published in Journal of Adolescent Health, has looked at possible associations between smoking, e-cigarette use and COVID-19.


Prof Peter Hajek, Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), said:

“The study found that many more vapers reported being tested for Covid. This could be because almost all vapers are smokers or ex-smokers, and so more likely to have symptoms such as cough; but open internet surveys are vulnerable to all sorts of biases.

“More importantly, the proportion who tested positive was 14% in never users and 13% in people who ever used an e-cigarette. More testing identifies more cases, but the study results in fact do not suggest any increase in risk of Covid in e-cigarette users.”



* ‘Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019’ by Shivani Mathur Gaiha et al. was published in Journal of Adolescent Health on 11th August 2020.




Declared interests

Prof Hajek: “None to declare”

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