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The Vaping Epidemic: An Overview of Causes and Potential Community Solutions

  • Thursday, August 06, 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&referrer=&eventid=2418378&sessionid=1&key=4F8A02F86224D9FCACA9DEFE1CBD8AE1&regTag=&sourcepage=register

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) include a variety of electronic products, including USB drive devices, electronic cigarettes and MODS as well as disposable electronic cigarettes. These devices are not regulated and have limited data to show they are effective for cessation purposes. Since these devices are unregulated, the consumer is using a device with no knowledge of what is being inhaled into the system. 

This presentation will explore the epidemic by helping the participant understand the different devices available as well as the marketing of these devices to vulnerable populations. The presentation will also discuss findings of what additives are included in the systems and an overall overview of the current epidemic. Currently, the Federal government as well as local state governments are exploring the best approach to combat the issue of electronic delivery systems. Since the topic is evolving each day, the presentation will provide the most up to date information on the burden as well as the community impact and community actions occurring for the epidemic.

In addition, while there is no conclusive evidence at this time that smoking or vaping makes people more likely to get COVID-19, smoking is a known factor for a variety respiratory infections, including the colds, flu, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. Smokers are also more likely to develop complications like acute respiratory distress syndrome, which is a key complication for COVID-19.

  • Participants will learn the current statistics associated with the Vaping epidemic.
  • Participants will understand the impacts the epidemic has on communities. 
  • Participants will learn ways to impact their local communities against the epidemic. 
  • Participants will learn strategies to work on National solutions to impact the epidemic.

Accreditation Statement(s)

Walden University is a designated provider (ID# 123343) of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Walden University is an approved provider of CPH recertification credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

The planners and presenters of this continuing professional development activity have disclosed no financial interests and no receipt of in-kind materials or funding that could influence the planning or presentation of this content. 

ADA Accommodation Statement

If you need accommodations to attend this webinar, please e-mail disability@mail.waldenu.edu.


Dr. Shelley Summers-Karn

Dr. Shelley Summers-Karn
Contributing Faculty, Health Education and Promotion Program, Walden University

Shelley is the Project Director for the Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team with the University of Texas at Austin, Kinesiology and Health Education Department. The projects include community coalition evaluation as well as clinical interventions for systems change for tobacco cessation. Shelley also directs the development and implementation for a statewide college initiative focused on reducing life-long initiation for tobacco use. She has more than 20 years of experience in prevention initiatives including tobacco cessation, cancer control initiatives, comprehensive pregnancy prevention programs, nutrition education, and school health projects. Shelley is a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist and works to incorporate simple solutions to adhere to the requirements of the new reform policy. Shelley is also a contributing faculty for Walden University where she teaches and mentors PhD students in the Health Education and Promotion Program.


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