Teen Tobacco Use Linked to Higher Risk of Covid-19, Study Finds
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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.
More than 6% of young people age 13 to 24 who reported both smoking and vaping in the past month said they had tested positive for Covid-19, compared with less than 1% of those who had never used, according to the study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The paper was based on the results of an online survey of 4,351 people posted on gaming sites, social media and other websites.
“Bottom line, if you use e-cigarettes and cigarettes, you are so much more likely to be diagnosed with Covid,” said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, the senior author of the paper and a professor of pediatric medicine at Stanford University focused on teen e-cigarette use.
The susceptibility of teens and young people to Covid-19 is a question of increasing urgency as schools in the U.S. begin to re-open. Infections among U.S. kids have climbed, jumping 40% in late July, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. Children have accounted for 8.8% of all U.S. virus cases to date.
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