Adolescent Vaping and COVID-19: When an Epidemic Meets a Pandemic

Abstract: "National epidemiological studies indicate that vaping or e-cigarette use has increased in alarming proportions among American adolescents. In vaping, a battery-powered device heats up a liquid into an aerosol which is inhaled by the user. The aerosol, commonly referred to as vapor, usually contains nicotine, flavoring, marijuana along with other chemicals and substances. This article highlights serious yet avoidable health risks from vaping amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Vaping may mediate transmission, infections, disease progression and risk of succumbing to COVID-19. An overview of possible solutions and resources for South Dakota physicians is also discussed".