Do you remember EVALI or “vape lung disease”, the lung disease that is associated with e-cigarette smoking? He hasn’t disappeared. Moreover, there is a fairly close connection between vaping and COVID-19.
Dangerous respiratory disease, which caused a stir in the media in mid-2019, officially dubbed the “disease that causes lung damage associated with the use of electronic cigarettes or smoking” or EVALI – has never disappeared.
The condition, often linked to illegally sold electronic cigarettes with THC vapors, can cause symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath and lung damage.
Of course, the disease is no longer on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) priority list recently, after COVID-19 swept the globe. But it can make COVID-19 worse. The CDC stopped pursuing EVALI in February 2020, but Gizmodo reports that state governments have continued to monitor the disease.
California reported, for example, eight patients with EVALI in April. Others 11 have been identified in Minnesota in July. These numbers are small in addition to the cases caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but they illustrate that EVALI has never been completely resolved and that vapors are still a serious health hazard. Especially since people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to become infected with the coronavirus and have more severe symptoms.
Interestingly, Gizmodo reports that these cases of EVALI appear to be lower in states that have legalized or decriminalized THC, suggesting that offering a legal alternative could help THC smokers avoid getting EVALI.
Indeed, some experts they have proven that those affected are people who use electronic cigarettes with THC vapors sold illegally, rather than those who smoke normal electronic cigarettes.
Why e-cigarettes can increase the risk of contracting the virus, especially among young people
Adolescents and young adults who smoke are more likely to contract COVID-19 than those who do not.
A young man who smokes regular cigarettes, but also electronic cigarettes, is seven times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Someone who has smoked only electronic vapor cigarettes is only five times more likely to be diagnosed.
Public health officials should be concerned about e-cigarettes as they try to control the ongoing pandemic and as the number of young people testing and testing positive increases, experts quoted by The Verge say. Not only that, but the vulnerability of young people who smoke at COVID-19 should inform how regulators approach the popularity of electronic cigarettes, say the authors of the new paper.