Special Issue "Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Judith J. Prochaska
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Guest Editor
Stanford Prevention Research Center, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Interests: addiction; nicotine; tobacco; vaping; cannabis; mental health; treatment
Dr. Kathleen Gali
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Assistant Guest Editor
Stanford Prevention Research Center, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Interests: tobacco; cannabis; disparities; risk perceptions;
Dr. Erin A. Vogel
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Assistant Guest Editor
Stanford Prevention Research Center, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Interests: tobacco; cannabis; multiple health risk behaviors; digital health; social media;
Dr. Kelly C. Young-Wolff
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Assistant Guest Editor
Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland CA 94612
Interests: tobacco; cannabis; vaping; policy; vulnerable populations;

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic has had widespread effects. Restrictions on social and occupational activities have dramatically altered daily routines; retailers have been restricted; and personal experiences with isolation, illness, and economic effects have led to uncertainty, immense stress, and grief. While prior evidence indicates smoking is associated with a greater risk of developing respiratory illness and a more difficult time recovering from respiratory illness effects, initial reports (non-peer-reviewed) analyzing data from China indicate tobacco smoking may be associated with decreased risk of COVID-19 severity. Other studies, peer-reviewed, indicate worse outcomes among individuals with co-occurring disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), for which the prevailing risk factor is chronic tobacco smoking. In the months just prior to COVID-19, EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury) raised national attention and concern about nicotine and cannabis vaping effects on respiratory function, morbidity, and mortality. To inform health policy, public health guidance, and treatment interventions, peer-reviewed research is needed on the effects of smoking and vaping in relation to lung health and COVID-19. Specifically, research is needed to identify smoking- and vaping-related risk factors for COVID-19 development, severity, and progression. This Special Issue in IJERPH has a focus on smoking and vaping of tobacco/nicotine and cannabis products and spans epidemiology to treatment, policy, and the retail environment. Areas of interest include:

  • Prevalence of COVID-19 among those who smoke or vape;
  • COVID-19 related risk perceptions among those who smoke or vape;
  • COVID-19 related changes in access to smoking or vaping products and shifts in the retailer environment (e.g., essential business designation, home delivery, vaping/flavor bans);
  • COVID-19 disease progression and severity in the presence of smoking or vaping;
  • Secondhand smoke exposure in relation to COVID-19 shelter-in-place restrictions;
  • Treatment seeking, quit attempts, and sustained cessation of smoking and vaping associated with COVID-19 risk perceptions and restrictions.

Dr. Judith J. Prochaska
Dr. Kathleen Gali
Dr. Erin A. Vogel
Dr. Kelly C. Young-Wolff
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • novel coronavirus
  • nicotine
  • tobacco
  • e-cigarettes
  • vaping
  • cannabis
  • addiction
  • policy
  • treatment
  • risk perceptions

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Open AccessArticle
Impacts of COVID-19 on Electronic Cigarette Purchasing, Use and Related Behaviors
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6762; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186762 - 16 Sep 2020
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Background: COVID-19 has caused health impacts and disruptions globally. Electronic cigarette (ECIG) users may face additional impacts. This study examined impacts of COVID-19 on ECIG users. Methods: Concept mapping, a mixed-methods approach, was used to identify COVID-19 impacts on adult ECIG [...] Read more.
Background: COVID-19 has caused health impacts and disruptions globally. Electronic cigarette (ECIG) users may face additional impacts. This study examined impacts of COVID-19 on ECIG users. Methods: Concept mapping, a mixed-methods approach, was used to identify COVID-19 impacts on adult ECIG users. ECIG users (n = 93) provided statements completing a prompt: “A specific way Coronavirus/COVID-19 has affected my vaping/e-cigarette use, my vaping/e-cigarette related purchasing, or other vaping/e-cigarette related behaviors or issues is…”. Participants generated 85 unique statements, sorted statements into groups of similar content and rated each statement on how true they were. Multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis identified thematic clusters. Mean cluster ratings were compared between sample subgroups. Results: Ten clusters were identified: Stocking up and Bulk Purchasing, Challenges in Obtaining ECIG Supplies, Alternative Purchasing Procedures, Increased ECIG use, Disruption of Routine and ECIG Use, Efforts to Decrease ECIG Use, Improving ECIG Skills, COVID-19 Health Concerns, Perceptions of ECIG Use and COVID-19, and COVID-19 Protection. More dependent ECIG users and dual users of ECIGs and cigarettes rated clusters higher than less dependent ECIG users and non-dual users. Conclusions: ECIG users may experience or perceive they face additional COVID-19 impacts, such as increased exposure, financial burdens, stress, and health risks. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19)
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