Educators’ Duty To Break the Vaping-COVID Link

Type: Article
Topics: Health & Wellness, School Administrator Magazine, School Safety & Cybersecurity

August 01, 2021

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During a year when school districts faced unprecedented academic, fiscal and operational stress, the nation’s pediatricians began sounding an additional alarm: a troubling vaping epidemic among teens.

The logistics of dealing with remote learning and socially distanced classroom spacing during the pandemic often overshadowed the escalating use of e-cigarettes and the risks they pose to young people who contract the virus. Early on, Boston’s MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey jointly issued a public health advisory with a blunt warning: “Smoking and vaping may increase the spread of COVID-19.”

Similarly, the Cleveland Clinic emerged as one of the first health care providers to draw a connection between the virus and vaping — noting that secondhand vapor could threaten teens’ health. Later, a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found a COVID diagnosis was five times more likely among users of e-cigarettes.

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Mark Chalos

Managing partner

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein law firm in Nashville, Tenn.