Covid 19 pandemic and vaping what you need to know

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COVID-19 Pandemic and Vaping: What You Need to Know

During a time of great uncertainty, it can be difficult to know who to trust. Misinformation and rumours become rampant, and some people seize on the unfortunate event as an opportunity to advance personal agendas. Media bias against vaping has been rampant – particularly in the United States, which is the centre of much of the world’s news – for many years. There are many reasons for the media bias, but we can sum them up in three words: Follow the money.

One of the side effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic has been the proliferation of the idea that those who vape are at increased risk of contracting or transmitting the virus. There is no confirmed factual basis for the assertion that vaping makes you more likely to contract the virus. If you vape, though, there are a few things that you should keep in mind during this outbreak to protect the health of others and avoid drawing undue attention to yourself.

There Is No Evidence That Vaping Increases Your Chance of Contracting COVID-19

We’ll begin this section of the article with three facts.

  • If you vape, you should not return to smoking. Smoking causes underlying health conditions that will certainly increase your chance of contracting COVID-19 or of developing complications from the infection.
  • If you vape and smoke, you should try to switch exclusively to vaping.
  • The safest option is always to not use nicotine at all. If you want to quit vaping and discontinue all nicotine use, you should do so. However, it should be because that’s what you want to do – not because of COVID-19.

There is no scientific data either supporting or refuting the idea that vaping increases the risk of contracting COVID-19. There are studies of viral transmission (other than COVID-19) suggesting that vaping may increase your risk of contracting a virus, and there are also studies suggesting that vaping may decrease your risk.  Media outlets reporting on vaping and COVID-19 are largely ignoring the positive studies. 

Remain Mindful of Others When Vaping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The second concern aboutvaping and COVID-19 is that exhaled vapour might carry droplets of saliva containing the coronavirus, thus increasing the risk that vapers might transmit the virus to others. That idea, also, is mostly without merit. Saliva droplets carrying the virus are much heavier than droplets of e-liquid vapour. They fall to the floor at about the same rate as saliva droplets expelled during normal breathing. The risk of transmission from coughing or sneezing is much greater than the risk of transmission from vaping. 

With that being said, it’s a good idea to switch to a lower-wattage device and avoid exhaling large clouds when vaping. That’s wise if you’re at home and close to others because you most likely exhale the vapour with greater force than you would use during regular breathing. In public, it’s a good idea to avoid large clouds simply because you wouldn’t want to cause undue stress for others who have likely read negative reports about COVID-19 and vaping in the news.

There Is No Evidence That Propylene Glycol in E-Liquid Prevents COVID-19

During the 1940s, research in tightly controlled environments showed that propylene glycol can be an effective disinfectant. When considering this research, though, it’s important to remember that the propylene glycol vapour was delivered in an extremely even fashion within an enclosed environment with controlled temperature and humidity. The testing environment was nothing like a real-world vaping scenario. You should not use that old research to support the idea that vaping can help to prevent you from contracting the coronavirus. There is no evidence of that.

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