According to a study by Truth Initiative, nearly two-thirds – 62% – of young vapers say they are more interested in quitting vaping now compared to before the coronavirus pandemic. The study says 57% worry that their vaping puts them at risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
The study shows that 52% of 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 talking to someone about quitting.
According to Washoe County Health District (WCHD), 30% of middle school students have tried vape products and for high school students its in the 40% range.
WCHD’s Kelli Goatley-Seals says its good to see more young people wanting to kick a bad habit. “The data that we have seen is that teens don’t like feeling that they are addicted and dependent on something, so its nice that this COVID has given extra attention to that and teens are wanting to quit.”
The study says while it is too soon to know the specific impacts of the virus on people who use e-cigarettes, there is growing evidence that vaping can harm lung and heart health overall.