Why smokers and vapers – and those around them – may face higher Covid-19 danger
New reports cast doubt on early claims smoking offered protection from disease
At the beginning of the pandemic, smokers may have thought they had little to worry about, as there was a sliver of good news for them: a study circulating on social media suggested smoking could be associated with a lower risk of contracting Covid-19. That’s not the full story.
A number of recent reports seem to debunk this claim. Last week, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, analyzed data from more than 8,000 young adults who completed the National Health Interview Survey, along with a set of risk indicators set out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal was to see how to vulnerable young people were to Covid-19.