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 examine evidence-based and promising public health policy recommendations and treatment strategies for addressing and reducing vaping use. It will also review the gaps in knowledge that still exist due to the recency of vaping as a major public health issue. Despite these gaps and lack of comprehensive treatment guidelines, there are promising programs such as CATCH My Breath and smokeSCREEN, as well as the potential for pharmacological interventions when warranted. In addition to discussing these strategies, the webinar will review potential public health policies for addressing environmental factors related to risk of vaping. It will also summarize recent federal and state regulatory actions to address vaping. Lastly, the webinar will provide a small group discussion opportunity for participants to share their experiences addressing vaping.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Explain the current evidence base for effective vaping interventions
- Understand potentially promising programs and the importance of pilot programs
- Summarize the public health response to vaping and opportunities for improvement
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.