Expert Uncovers E-Cigarette Dangers at Nashville LUNG FORCE Expo
(November 14, 2019) - NASHVILLE
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As vaping is putting thousands of people across the country in the hospital, a leading tobacco control expert will address the e-cigarette epidemic on November 22 at the American Lung Association in Tennessee’s LUNG FORCE Expo.
Liz Johnson, tobacco use prevention and control program director for the Tennessee Department of Health, will present on “Vaping/JUUL” at 2:30 p.m. during the LUNG FORCE Expo at the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs in Franklin, Tenn.
“Teen e-cigarette use is an urgent issue here in Tennessee and across the nation. We are concerned about e-cigarettes creating a new generation addicted to harmful products,” said Johnson. “It is critical to educate not only teens, but parents, school officials and healthcare professionals on the dangers of e-cigarettes. We hope this presentation will help spread this vital information to the public.”
The need to take action to protect youth from tobacco is more urgent than ever, with youth e-cigarette use reaching epidemic levels due to a 78 percent increase in high school e-cigarette use from 2017 to 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. This equals one million additional kids beginning to use e-cigarettes, placing their developing bodies and lungs at risk from the chemicals in e-cigarettes as well as a lifetime of addiction to a deadly product. This has caused the U.S. Surgeon General to declare e-cigarette use among young people an epidemic in an Advisory issued in December 2018.
The LUNG FORCE Expo will educate health professionals, people who suffer from lung disease and caregivers about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and other respiratory diseases. Sponsors for this year’s event include the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs, St. Thomas Health, Tennessee Dept of Environment and Conservation, Bonded Filter Company and Home Medical Products.
More information and registration are available on the LUNG FORCE Expo website.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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