- The FDA acknowledges there is no evidence that says vaping increases the chances of COVID-19
- The FDA said that vapers and smokers might be at a higher risk of infection
- Less research about coronavirus and vaping
The US Food and Drug Administration has modified its stance on COVID-19 and vaping, saying it is not known whether the use of e-cigarettes can increase the risk of infection. Regulators said last month vapers and smokers with underlying health conditions might be at higher risk of corona virus. It makes claims without data to support it.
“The use of e-cigarettes can expose the lungs to toxic chemicals, but whether the exposure increases the risk of COVID-19 is unknown,” the agency said Wednesday in an email response to questions from Bloomberg News.
The description of the risks of smoking is also different from the previous statement. “Cigarette smoking causes heart and lung disease, suppresses the immune system, and increases the risk of respiratory infections,” FDA spokeswoman Alison Hunt said. “People who smoke may be at higher risk of COVID-19, and may have worse outcomes than COVID-19.”
Bloomberg News last month quoted a separate old FDA spokesman as saying that vapers and smokers with underlying health conditions might be at higher risk of complications.
In response, Iowa Attorney General Thomas Miller and 14 others firing letters to the March 31 FDA advised to stick to the facts.
“We do not believe the FDA has a basis for making recommendations about smoking and vaping that are specific to COVID-19 at this time,” the letter wrote. “Therefore, at this point, we believe that advice for smokers must be consistent with the long-standing public health imperative to stop smoking using whatever method works, and that includes switching to vaping or non-flammable nicotine products. other. “
There is no “credible evidence” that smokers or nicotine vapers, as opposed to THC vapers, are more likely to be infected with coronaviruses, Charles Gardner, a scientist with Foundation for a Smoke-free World, Write on the blog Tuesday.
Evidence does not link vaping with COVID-19 hospitalization or complications, scientists say. He said there was evidence that smokers who switched to vaping nicotine had fewer colds, flu and cold-like symptoms. “These three possibilities have to be studies during this pandemic,” he said.
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