The coronavirus pandemic is motivating many young people who use e-cigarettes to quit vaping. Nearly two-thirds – 62% – of young vapers say they are more interested in quitting vaping now compared to before the coronavirus pandemic, with 57% saying they worry that their vaping puts them at risk of serious illness from coronavirus/COVID-19, according to a Truth Initiative survey.
With the coronavirus pandemic occurring at a time of
record-high youth vaping in the United States
, many, including the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, have raised concerns about whether e-cigarette use could make young people more susceptible to the virus. While it is too soon to know the specific impacts of the virus on people who use e-cigarettes, there is
that vaping can harm lung and heart health overall.
More than half – 52% – of current young vapers surveyed say that the public health crisis has caused them to want to quit vaping and nearly half responded that the pandemic has prompted them to look for information about quitting or talk to someone about quitting.