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Marijuana & Vaping

November 13, 2020

Featured Resource: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Mind Matters Series

The Mind Matters series is a resource for teachers. Each booklet is devoted to a specific drug or drug group. Hard copies of the booklets in English can be ordered for free and both English and Spanish booklets are available online as printable PDFs. There is an accompanying Teacher’s Guide which includes background information and activities to enhance students’ learning.

> Learn more at NIDA.

November 2, 2020

Teens, Vaping and COVID-19

Vaping puts teens and young adults at much higher risk of COVID-19

  • A Stanford University study found that young people who have ever vaped are at 5X higher risk for being diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Youth believe their age protects them from COVID-19, but data show this is not true for those who vape.

Why teens and young adults?

  • Sharing vapes with friends can increase infection rate
  • COVID-19 can spread by hand-to-mouth touching during vaping
  • Youth who vape in a group usually don’t distance or wear masks
  • Vaping or smoking weakens and scars lungs and may lower resistance
  • Vape aerosol may have virus-containing droplets

Research also shows:

  • Users of vapes and cigarettes are 7X more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Vapers are also at risk for EVALI and other harmful lung diseases

Now is the time to be someone who NEVER vapes.

How to Quit Vaping

Learn more:

Vaping FactCheck

Sources:

  • Davies, N.G., Klepac, P., Liu, Y. et al. Age-dependent effects in the transmission and control of COVID-19 epidemics. Nat Med 26, 1205–1211 (2020).
  • Gaiha, S. M., Cheng, J., & Halpern-Felsher, B. (2020). Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019. Journal of Adolescent Health.