Coronavirus, Weed And Nicotine: Are Smokers And Vapers Facing Greater Risks?

By The Fresh Toast‘s Brendan Bures, provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis.

As coronavirus causes respiratory illness, smoking and vaping could worsen symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Following the initial E-cigarette or Vaping product use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) outbreak, which caused severe and possibly fatal lung infections in otherwise healthy individuals, vaping sales and use momentarily dropped. Predominantly connected to THC vaping products purchased on the black market, EVALI caused a spike in Google searches for “quit vaping” as vapers tried to reduce their chances of contracting the illness.

A similar pattern is likely to emerge in response to the coronavirus, according to Bill de Blasio. The New York City Mayor held a press conference Sunday announcing that smoking and vaping increases potential risk for coronavirus. COVID-19 attacks the …

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