The increasing use of electronic vaporizing devices (i.e. “vaping”), especially among youth and young adults, presents a challenge for public health and substance use treatment stakeholders. The decline in tobacco product use since the 1990s has been one of the great public health success stories in recent years. However, rising rates of vaping threaten to undo that success. Vaping of other substances, such as cannabis, is also on the rise and presents a related challenge. This two-part webinar series will discuss how, why, and to what extent vaping rates have increased across different populations and review effective public health and treatment responses to vaping.
This webinar will overview data on the scope of vaping and how it contrasts with historical and ongoing trends in other forms of nicotine and cannabis use. The webinar will discuss the risks from vaping and how they compare to other substance use risks. It will also summarize known risk factors for use and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on use rates. Lastly, the webinar will discuss the inconclusive evidence for the use of vaping as a smoking cessation tool for adults.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Summarize recent trends in vaping and the impact of the pandemic
- Explain the risks of vaping and the need to address the issue
- Understand the causes behind vaping and the challenges facing public health stakeholders
Josh Esrick, MPP, is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing training and technical assistance to numerous organizations at the Federal, state, and local levels. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.
Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip, holds a Master of Science in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh. She offers significant professional experience in the fields of public policy development and analysis, criminal justice research, data collection and analysis, program development, and performance management.