Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019

The findings from a national sample of adolescents and young adults show that electronic cigarette use and dual use of electronic cigarettes and cigarettes are significant underlying risk factors for coronavirus disease 2019. Health care  providers, parents, schools, community-based organizations, and policymakers must help make youth aware of the  connection between smoking and vaping and coronavirus disease.

Electronic Cigarette Use and Covid-19

Opioid Overdose Deaths Increase in 2020

A recent study conducted by the Illinois Department of Human Services outlines that the number of opioid overdose deaths that have occurred thus far in 2020 are rising at an alarming rate. Due to the lag time in confirming cases of opioid overdose death, the actual size of the increase will not be known for some time. However, current information indicates that the number of opioid overdose deaths occurring in the first six months of 2020 is higher when compared to the same period last year.

Smart Alert Volume XIV Issue IV- Opioid Overdose Deaths Increase in 2020