Important reminder: Don’t share vaping devices

The sharing of vaping devices is believed to be the cause of certain spread of COVID-19 at Purdue University to date, particularly within congregate housing such as fraternities, sororities and cooperative houses. 

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, please do not share vaping devices or related items (cigarettes, hookahs, etc.). 

In a new study by Stanford researchers, young adults who vape were found to be five times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those who don’t, and those who smoke and vape are seven times more likely. 

There are a number of potential reasons for this, but the repeated touching of one’s hands to the mouth and face and the sharing of devices — both of which are frequent practices of cigarette and vape users — are particularly problematic. 

If you smoke or vape, there are ways to lower your risk of COVID-19: 

  • Wash your hands well with soap and water before and after.
  • Don’t smoke or vape in groups.
  • Don’t share smoking or vaping products.