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To reduce the risk e-cigarettes pose during the pandemic, the federal government should move quickly to pause e-cigarette sales for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

According to the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, because coronavirus attacks the lungs, smokers and vapers put themselves “at increased risk of COVID-19 and its more serious complications.” Similarly, an NIH-funded study out of Baylor University also found that e-cigarettes disrupt lung function, harm the lungs’ ability to fight viral infections, and increase the chances of a viral infection leading to death. [...]