April 13, 2020 – Research on vaping’s long-term health effects is still limited. But given what we know about smoking, COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, health experts confidently say that vaping will not only increase your risk of developing complications from the coronavirus, but will boost your chances of spreading it to others as well. … The most obvious issue with vaping is the damage it inflicts on the lungs.
When you vape, you take in harsh chemicals that immediately damage the cells in your respiratory system responsible for governing the immune system, which is the body’s first line of defense for knocking out respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, according to Alexa Mieses, a family physician in Durham, North Carolina, and assistant professor of family medicine for the University of North Caroline School of Medicine.
“Almost immediately, your immune system is preoccupied with dealing with the damage that vaping poses to your lungs,” Mieses said, adding that this makes it much harder for your body to fight off a pathogen like the coronavirus.