A study by researchers from Mexico, Italy and New Zealand found that vaping smokers infected with the Coronavirus increase the likelihood of the spread of Covid-19 disease by up to 17 percent because they exhale viruses when puffing out smoke.
Experts led by Dr. Roberto Sussman of the National University of Mexico say that vapor puffs can push thousands of viruses toward people in the vicinity of a smoker of this type of e-cigarette.
And the droplets loaded with Corona virus can travel more than two meters in the air, which is the farthest limit of the rules of social distancing in Britain and many countries of the world.
Experts called on vape smokers not to use their devices while in queues, bus stops, or other places where people are at risk of encountering a “vape cloud.”
Researchers said that asking people to stop smoking e-cigarettes in homes is “a very intrusive matter, but it may be reasonable to ban it in public places such as restaurants and train stations.”
However, the researchers showed that the risk posed by smoking e-cigarettes remains “less” than the risk of speaking or coughing while approaching someone.
The talk increased the risk of spreading the virus by between 40 and 80 percent, while coughing increased the chances of transmitting the virus more than 3 times.
The study did not include a comparison between smoking e-cigarettes and smoking real cigarettes, but they said that “most of the results we obtained apply to the puffing of smoke emitted by smokers in general.”
Scientists believe that the chemicals in e-cigarette vapor are unlikely to kill the virus.
Coronavirus is known to spread through the air when people breathe, talk, cough or sneeze, and the more air that is emitted, the greater the risk.
Experts say that Covid-19 is mostly spread through small, infected droplets that are emitted into the air while talking, coughing or sneezing.
Infection is unlikely to occur after touching a surface previously touched by a person with the virus, as a recently published study found that the risk of contracting the virus from frequently touched surfaces, including ATMs, petrol pumps and pedestrian crossing, was low.