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A new study by the Stanford University School of Medicine had found that those who vaped were five to seven times more likely to be infected by COVID-19 than those who did not use e-cigarettes.  The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health (online August 11, 2020) is the first to examine the connection between youth vaping and COVID-19 using US population-based data collected during the pandemic.
Depending on which nicotine products they used and how recently they had used them, young people who vaped or smoked, or both, were 2.6 to 9 times more likely to receive COVID-19 tests than nonusers.
The researchers did not find a connection between COVID-19 diagnosis and smoking conventional cigarettes alone, probably because most youth use both vaping devices and conventional cigarettes. 

There could be several reasons for vapers’ higher transmission risk:
While more research is needed to understand the medical relationship between vaping and COVID-19, the study clearly proves that vaping is no longer just a personal risk, but also a public health risk.  It is incumbent that the US Food and Drug Administration strongly regulate these products along with the message: “that if you are a vaper, you are putting yourself at risk for COVID-19 and other lung disease.” 
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Remember To Get Your Flu Shot!
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exception. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. See People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications for a full list of age and health factors that confer increased risk.
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Mothers Eliminating Secondhand Smoke (MESS)
Utilize the following M.E.S.S. (Mothers Eliminating Secondhand Smoke) resources found on our website:
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DAODAS and DMH recently launched a statewide support line for individuals in need of mental health or substance use services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have set up the ability for organizations to bulk order referral cards and have them shipped free of charge.

Click below for the SC HOPES flyer.
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