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Forum on e-cigarettes


Three distinguished national health experts will discuss “E-Cigarettes: A Threat or an Opportunity for Public Health,” at a forum on Oct. 26. The panel discussion will run from noon to 1:30 pm in Berg Hall at the Li Ka Shing Center, 291 Campus Drive, on the Stanford medical school campus. The event is free and open to the public.

E-cigarettes are nicotine-delivery products that are becoming extraordinarily popular, particularly among young adults. The current debate in public health is whether e-cigarettes will replace tobacco cigarettes and improve health, or re-normalize smoking, which would be a public health disaster.

The forum will feature three experts with markedly different views on whether e-cigarettes are a threat or a benefit to public health:

  • David Abrams, PhD, executive director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies and professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, MD, professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford Medicine
  • Robert Jackler, MD, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford Medicine and the lead scientist for Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising

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