Corona Virus, Substance Abuse, and Vaping

Substance Abusers and Those Who Vape are more at Risk

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders | National Institute on Drug Abuse

As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the research community should be alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use disorders particularly hard.

UK Doctors Warn of Vaping and COVID-19 Risk

So vaping and smoking may make young people more vulnerable to coronavirus, which may in turn worsen the damage done to their lungs by vaping or smoking. 

‘So what can I do to reduce my risk [of COVID-19]? Stopping smoking, stopping vaping, stopping marijuana and any other inhaled substances – that’s almost certainly going to reduce your risks and how bad the clinical course will be,’ Dr Glantz says. 

Experts warn vaping may raise young Americans’ coronavirus risks

Nearly 40% of hospitalized US coronavirus patients are between ages 20 and 54 One in five young American adults uses e-cigarettes regularly or occasionally A Chinese study found that smokers are 14-times more at risk for severe coronavirus infection and 14% more likely to get pneumonia for it Research suggests that vaping and smoking make people similarly vulnerable to respiratory infections and to worse complications of these illnesses Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?