Some politicians claim it does but “we have zero evidence on how e-cigarette use affects coronavirus infectivity and disease progression.”
With governments and public health authorities scrambling to mount an effective response to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a few politicians have seen fit to use the crisis to demonize e-cigarettes.
On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed, “If you are a smoker or a vaper that does make you more vulnerable.”
He added, “If you are a smoker or a vaper this is a very good time to stop that habit and we will help you.”
In a press conference supporting a ban on flavored e-cigarettes, New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul also asserted that vaping increased vulnerability to COVID-19. Advising parents on what they should tell their children if they suspect them of vaping, Hochul said, “I would sit them down tonight and say if you are vaping…if you are exposed to the coronavirus, you have a higher chance of contracting it.”
Guy Bentley – Reason – March 12, 2020.