Our Healthy Community: The Teen Vaping Epidemic

Our Healthy Community: The Teen Vaping Epidemic

  • 06 Mar 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Boat House at Confluence Park 679 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215


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The US Surgeon General first announced the grave health risks of tobacco use in 1964. 55 years later, Ohio has an above average rate of smokers among adults and more troubling, high schoolers.

The introduction of e-cigarettes in the early 2000s was heralded as a quasi-solution to the problem. E-cigarettes allow smokers to enjoy a puff without the tar or ash, but still delivers the nicotine they crave (or, to which they are addicted).

Turns out teens love vaping for its trendiness and fun flavors and it's becoming an epidemic. 37% of high school seniors say they have tried vaping, and evidence shows that consequently, they are much more likely to switch to traditional tobacco products.

To tackle this troubling matter, we welcome Robert Crane, M.D. (Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University and President of Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation), Mysheika W. Roberts, MD, MPH (Health Commissioner at Columbus Public Health), Micah Berman, J.D. (Associate Professor of Public Health and Law at The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health and Michael E. Moritz College of Law), and Thomas P. Houston, M.D. (Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University, Medical Director of The Breathing Association clinic, and Steering Committee Member of the National Lung Cancer Roundtable).

Presenting sponsor: OhioHealth

Series support from: Mount Carmel Health System

Sponsored by: The Crane Group

In partnership with: The Breathing Association

Regular Entree: Lemon pepper tilapia with lobster sauce, white rice, and roasted zucchini and squash. Served with a garden salad.

Vegetarian Entree: Spinach lasagna. Served with a garden salad.

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