Study Says Vaping Increases Risk of Getting COVID-19 for Teens

Teens are 5 to 7 times more likely to get the coronavirus if they vape e-cigarettes, a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health revealed on Tuesday. Additionally, the study found that teens who used both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes were almost 5 times more likely to experience coronavirus symptoms, including coughing, fever, fatigue and difficulty breathing. "This study is just one of many to show that e-cigarette use leads to harmful outcomes in the lungs," said study co-author Bonnie Halpern-Felsher told UPI. Researchers surveyed 4,351 young people aged 13 to 24 from all 50 U.S. states in May. "The findings are a call-out for youth to not start vaping and, if they are vaping, to get help and quit, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Halpern-Felsher. Read more here