Teens and young adults who vape are 5 to 7 times more likely to get coronavirus, a new study found

man holding vape pen(Business Insider, August 12) Young people may be less likely to get severe COVID-19 cases, but health experts have long warned that vaping can make them more vulnerable.

Now scientists have data to back that up.

New evidence from researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that teenagers and young adults who vaped were five to seven times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than their non-vaping peers.

A healthcare worker vaping while taking a break outside Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7. 

The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health, relied on survey results from 4,351 people ages 13 to 24 across the US. It's the first to examine the link between vaping and coronavirus vulnerability. Read more.