New study shows e-cig users are more prone to COVID symptoms

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- Researchers at Mayo Clinic Health System have found that e-cigarette users who test positive for COVID-19 are more likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms.

The study finds that people who vape and smoke tobacco, and who test positive for COVID-19, complained of labored breathing and had more frequent emergency department visits than those who did not vape.

The increased inflammation of lung tissue promoted by COVID-19 infection and the inflammation induced by vaping may worsen the likelihood of systemic inflammation, with an associated increase in symptoms.

“Shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, loss of sensation in taste and smell. Surprisingly enough we found that the COVID positive vapors had a significantly higher frequency of each one of these symptoms,” said MCHS nicotine dependence center director, Dr. David McFadden.

Study participants were at least 18 and tested positive for COVID-19 at testing sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin.