Tobacco and e-cigs may put healthy young people at risk of severe COVID illness, new UCLA research suggests


New UCLA research suggests that smoking tobacco and vaping electronic cigarettes may increase healthy young people’s risk for developing severe COVID illness.

This is among the first studies to find that not only smoking tobacco, but also vaping, may predispose people to increased inflammation and future development of severe COVID-19 and the lingering cardiovascular complications that can occur after initial illness from the virus, said Dr. Theodoros Kelesidis, the study’s lead author.

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