"When I first started seeing the stories come out that adolescents and young adults were suddenly being diagnosed with COVID-19 and actually getting sick from it, one of the thoughts I had was, 'wow, could this study partly explain that?'" says Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, senior author of the study.
The study was the first to investigate relationships between vaping among teens and young adults and COVID-19 using USA population-based data that was collected during the global health crisis. The conclusion comes from experts' research over the course of the last few months.
Among young people who were tested for the virus that causes COVID-19, the researchers found that those who vaped were five to seven times more likely to be infected than those who did not use e-cigarettes.
Teens and young adults who use tobacco products appear more likely to contract the novel coronavirus, according to a new paper, a finding that adds to conflicting data on the links between smoking, vaping and COVID-19.
Researchers from University College London and the universities of Southampton and Edinburgh drew on data from the UK Biobank study, collected between 2006 and 2010, covering 334,329 people with an average age of 56.
The researchers recruited a sample of participants that was evenly divided between those who had used e-cigarettes and those who had never used nicotine products. Surveys were completed by 4,351 participants ages 13 to 24 who lived in all 50 USA states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories.
Despite the subcommittee presenting the results of early studies indicating that coronavirus presents greater risks to e-cigarette users, Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., said "The FDA declined to act, citing the need for more evidence that vaping is a risk factor for contracting coronavirus".
They conducted a survey of more than 4,351 participants, coming from all 50 USA states, three US territories and the District of Columbia. Someone who only vaped was five times as likely to be diagnosed.
Overall, they concluded: "We found associations between obesity and higher odds of Covid-19 with severe symptoms requiring hospitalisation in a large community-dwelling cohort that are consistent with the few prognostic studies of smaller clinical samples".