Vaping: Managing the Risk to Public Health in NJ

NJ Spotlight News | December 6, 2019 | Roundtables
NJ Spotlight roundtable this morning on health impacts of the exploding use of e-cigarettes; a livestream of the discussion starts at 9:20 a.m.
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Today’s roundtable focuses on how to understand vaping usage and how to best manage the risks to public health.

New Jersey officials are dealing with increased reports of severe lung disease among relatively young patients with a history of e-cigarette use as the nation contends with a vaping explosion and new questions about the health impacts of these devices.

Experts agree more study is needed to identify exactly what is causing the damage while the e-cigarette industry insists its products are a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. But public health leaders have raised concerns about the flavors, colors and marketing strategies vape companies use, which they say are designed to target kids.

Hospital organizations and insurers have ramped up efforts to curb vaping and public officials are taking steps to reduce the long-term impact of e-cigarettes on a new generation. An NJ Spotlight roundtable of experts focuses today on how to understand vaping usage and how to best manage the risks to the public’s health. Former state Health Commissioner, Dr. Shereef Elnahal, president and CEO of University Hospital, gives the keynote address.

The roundtable on “Vaping in New Jersey: Managing the Risk to Public Health” takes place Dec. 6 at the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Those unable to attend can watch the livestream by NJ Spotlight’s sister organization, NJTV News, starting at 9:20 a.m.