Generations ago, one of the main health issues was smoking. Big tobacco made millions, if not, billions of dollars on selling Americans on the idea of freedom, prestige, and power that came along with lighting up.
Now, technology has changed the tobacco landscape for good with vape pens, jules, and other various types of e-cigarettes. What hasn’t changed is the risk smoking poses to your health and well-being. There are limitless articles on the dangers of vaping, but society, especially the younger generation, continues to ignore the cold, hard facts.
The one good thing about the coronavirus is that it has drastically made people more health conscious. With that said, maybe this new study will encourage people to kick the nasty habit of smoking once and for all.
Since the early days of the pandemic, there have been questions about the relationship between vaping and COVID-19. The link made sense because COVID-19 is largely a respiratory disease, but the United States lacked significant scientific study on e-cigarette use and coronavirus, until now.
The recent study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Stanford University researchers gathered 4,351 participants, between the ages of 13 and 24, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three territories to answer a series of questions concerning their smoking preferences and tendencies in the past 30 days, along with questions pertaining to COVID-19.
The data collected supported the theory that COVID-19 infections were associated with e-cigarette and traditional cigarette usage. Specifically, researchers found that teens and young adults who vaped were five times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than non-vapers. And if a person smoked both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes, they were seven times more likely to get a positive test result compared to non-smokers.
The reasons for these results are unclear, but many researchers believe that by smoking/vaping individuals are compromising their lungs, which places them at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. Having said that, COVID-19 risk is simply another health risk related to e-cigs. In January 2018, a review of more than 800 different studies was released by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. It concluded that e-cigarettes both contain and emit a number of potentially toxic substances, and found evidence that people who use e-cigarettes are at a higher risk for coughing, wheezing, and asthmatic attacks.
Smoking of any kind is harmful to your health and could potentially pose a greater danger to your life. If you have been unable to find the strength and self-discipline to stop smoking up to this point, it is not too late. Quit while you’re ahead and start a new, smart, health-oriented habit that will enhance your longevity and quality of life.
AUG 13, 2020