The Rise in E-Cigarette Use: Challenges from a Public Health Perspective

May 6, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
George Washington University
5/6/2015 11:00:00 AM 5/6/2015 1:00:00 PM America/Chicago The Rise in E-Cigarette Use: Challenges from a Public Health Perspective

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George Washington University

George Washington University and ICF International have gathered a panel of experts to cover the spectrum of issues related to e-cigarettes, including:

  • Challenges and shortcomings in current e-cigarette use measurement
  • Uptake of e-cigarettes, trends in e-cigarette use, and their association with patterns of other tobacco product use
  • An overview of e-cigarette related indicators on national and subnational surveillance systems of youth and adults, gaps in existing questionnaires, and recommendations for enhancing the content and periodicity of e-cigarette surveillance
  • FDA regulation of tobacco products

In the past few years, the use of e-cigarettes has increased rapidly in the United States, with some tobacco control experts projecting that e-cigarette sales could surpass sales of traditional cigarettes in the near future. This rapid rise has stimulated a vigorous debate in the tobacco control community over the potential public health impact of these products and about how best to regulate them.

There are arguments for and against e-cigarette use. Some argue that e-cigarettes may help tobacco cessation efforts while others argue that these products may lead to nicotine addiction among youth, which may eventually lead to use of conventional cigarettes.

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