Research: Covid-19 And Vaping

Posted 11th May 2022 by Dave Cross
Researchers at the Institute for Health Research in Aurora, Colorado, and the Department of Health Systems Science at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine in Pasadena have conducted a study looking at the association of vaping with contracting Covid-19 and the possible severity of the disease.

Burnett-Hartman, Goldberg Scott, Powers, Clennin, Lyons, Gray, and Feigelson cite the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying that smoking tobacco products increases the risk of contracting a severe version of Covid-19.

This lies in accordance with many of the findings we reported in our coverage of the pandemic. Many harm reduction experts also noted the likelihood of death from severe symptoms is increased for smokers who are admitted.

The trouble has been that not as many smokers presented in hospitals as expected and the potential role nicotine played in reducing potential risk of contracting the disease. As a result, many people were curious to know the link vaping played.

The research team collected electronic surveys detailing “self-reports of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-related risk factors, including electronic cigarette and combustible cigarette smoking history”.

We also used electronic health records data to assess COVID-19 diagnoses, positive PCR lab tests, hospitalisations, and death.”

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Not only did 270,000 people complete the online survey, but they were then sent up to eleven further follow-up surveys making this a very comprehensive piece of work.

Survey response rate was about 48%, including 126,475 individuals with survey data on e-cigarette and combustible cigarette use who did not have known SARS-CoV-2 infection prior to survey completion. Among survey respondents, 819 currently used e-cigarettes, 3,691 formerly used e-cigarettes, and 121,965 had never used e-cigarettes.

“Those who currently or formerly used e-cigarettes tended to be younger and were more likely to have a history of combustible cigarette or marijuana use.

During the study follow-up period, there were 3,219 new SARS-CoV-2 infections. After adjustment for demographic, behavioural, and clinical factors, there was no association with SARS-CoV-2 infection and former e-cigarette use or current e-cigarette use.

Among those with SARS-CoV-2 infection, there was no association with hospitalisation or death within 30 days of infection and former e-cigarette use or current e-cigarette use.”


Excellent news albeit a bit late given the fake news that was spread by public health “experts” during the darkest days of Covid.


 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
Freelance writer, physicist, karateka, motorbikes, and dog walker