The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) is concerned by statements made by Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Strang, while referencing a release from the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Quite simply, smoking and vaping may put you at greater risk,” says Dr. Strang. “It certainly will be impacting your health and also putting you at increased risk for severe illness and poor outcomes.”
The CVA recognizes the significant impact that COVID-19 has had on public health and that our medical officials have been stretched past capacity. Our organization commends the extraordinary efforts our medical community has and continues to put forth during this pandemic.
Dr. Strang’s statements are well intentioned but his comments surrounding vaping are not validated by any studies or research. The WHO has not found any link between vaping and COVID-19. Misleading statements from such a trusted medical authority are especially concerning; considering Dr. Strang’s influence it is paramount that all his statements be based on medical research.
The WHO in their release never references vaping, but rather the impacts that smoking, not vaping, can have on an individual that contracts COVID-19.
Darryl Tempest, The Canadian Vaping Association – Stockhouse – May 13, 2020.