Mario Perez

University of Connecticut Health

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The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) continues to be popular in the US, particularly among youth and currently, it is estimated that 28% of high school students use e-cigs regularly. The long-term consequences of e-cig use ("vaping") are still not…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) continues to be popular in the US, particularly among youth and currently, it is estimated that 28% of high school students use e-cigs regularly. The long-term consequences of e-cig use ("vaping") are still not clear but recent research suggests that vaping is associated with asthma and COPD, particularly among subjects considered never smokers of conventional cigarettes. More recently, it has been suggested that vaping may be associated with a higher risk of COVID-19 and worse outcomes of this infection among vapers.
Aim #1. To characterize the association vaping with asthma and asthma exacerbations among adults
Aim #2. To characterize the association between vaping and COPD
Aim #3. To identify vaping as a risk factor for worse outcomes among COVID-19 infected subjects.

Project Purpose(s)

  • Disease Focused Research (Asthma, COPD, COVID-19)
  • Population Health
  • Social / Behavioral

Scientific Approaches

We will compare the Odds of reporting asthma, COPD, and ER room visits among vapers compared to non-users. Similarly, we will study the association between vaping and COVID-19 infection.
To perform our analysis we will use logistical and linear regression to adjust for other comorbidities, age, and other potential demographic characteristics as well as other pertinent behavioral traits.

Anticipated Findings

This analysis will provide further evidence of higher odds of respiratory conditions typically associated with cigarette smoking such as COPD and other respiratory illnesses among subjects who vape. Furthermore, this study may provide evidence of an association between vaping and COVID-19 infection or outcomes from this infection.

Demographic Categories of Interest

This study will not center on underrepresented populations.

Research Team

Owner:

  • Mario Perez - Other, University of Connecticut Health
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