Does Coronavirus spread through vaping?07.01.21
Our answer is no! There is currently no evidence to suggest SARS-CoV-2, the strain of coronavirus responsible for Covid-19, has a greater risk of spreading through e-cigarette vapour than, say, just breathing out normally.
If a person infected with coronavirus was using an e-cigarette, they would, of course, be emitting viral particles during the act of vaping – but the result would be just the same as if they were exhaling, talking, laughing or singing.
Vaping merely makes our breath more visible, as the vapour clouds – a by-product of vegetable glycerin, a non-toxic, colourless, odourless liquid that acts as a thickening agent in e-liquid – have the effect of demonstrating just how far our exhalations can carry.
As coronavirus can spread in droplets and aerosols from a person’s mouth or nose, these particles can then be inhaled into the nose, mouth, and lungs of others, causing infection. But regardless of whether we are vaping or not, we should always be conscious of our surroundings and practicing social distancing.
People should refrain from vaping in close proximity to others under the current circumstances, just as they should always adhere to guidance from local health authorities, but the principle guidelines for combatting coronavirus do not change – we should be sensible about when we vape, and should not vape in confined public spaces where masks are mandatory.
It’s important to also note that, in addition to there being no evidence of coronavirus being more transmissible through vapour particles, there is no direct, clinical or epidemiological, evidence that being a vape user increases chances of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, or subsequently developing Covid-19, or having a poorer prognosis.
It’s only natural that vape users may be concerned and eager to know best practices when using e-cigarettes, but it’s critical we separate fact from fiction when approaching these issues. Adult smokers must feel confident in using vapes, otherwise there is a real risk they could relapse and take up smoking combustible cigarettes again. We simply cannot afford to take a backwards step in helping adult smokers transition to less harmful alternatives.