According to a study, teenagers and young adults who vape can get coronavirus up to seven times more often.
Researchers who surveyed 4,351 Americans ages 13 to 24 in May found that those who had consumed both e-cigarettes and cigarettes were seven times more likely to be diagnosed COVID-19.
Those who had used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the past 30 days were 4.7 times more likely to have symptoms of the disease than those who had never smoked or vaped.
Among those who tested for coronavirus, those who used e-cigarettes only were five times positive, positive illness.
Study leader Shivani Mathur Gaiha said, "Young people may believe that their age will protect them from contracting the virus or that they will not have symptoms of COVID-19, but the data shows that those who vape do not. "
Those involved were asked if they had ever used steaming machines or flammable cigarettes, if they had vaped or smoked in the past 30 days, and if they had had coronavirus symptoms, had been tested for them, or had been diagnosed with the disease.
The results of the Stanford University School of Medicine study were published Tuesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
The researchers pointed out that the study does not show that vaping causes coronavirus, but rather that hands repeatedly come into contact with the mouth and face, which has been linked to the spread of the disease.
In addition, vapers' lungs could have been damaged by nicotine and other chemicals in e-cigarettes and flammable cigarettes, the team said.
The researchers hope their results will push the U.S. government to effectively regulate e-cigarettes during the coronavirus pandemic.