Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC (April 28, 2015)—Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University (GW) will hold a public forum on May 6, 2015 that will address the rising popularity of e-cigarettes in the United States—and the public health consequences of that trend. A recent report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that e-cigarette use tripled among middle and high school students in just one year. Other experts predict that sales for e-cigarette products will outstrip those of traditional cigarettes in the near future.

This rapid rise in use has sparked an intense debate in the tobacco control community over the public health impact of the use of these products. Some public health professionals say these products can help smokers quit, but others contend that e-cigarette use can lead to nicotine addiction, especially among teenagers.

Join us May 6 for a discussion of the trends in use; challenges in measuring e-cigarette use; as well as the pros and cons of proposals to regulate e-cigarettes, hookahs and other such products. Speakers at the forum, which is part of a lecture series sponsored by the George Washington University and ICF International, include Carolyn Dresler, associate director for Medical and Health Sciences at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Brian King, deputy director for Research and Translation in the Office of Smoking and Health at the CDC; Kimberly Horn, associate dean for research at Milken Institute SPH and investigators for the DC Metro Tobacco Research and Instruction Consortium (MeTRIC), a partnership of DC-based experts in tobacco control. The opening remarks will be given by Naomi Freedner-Maguire, principal researcher at ICF International.


The Rise in E-cigarette Use: Challenges from a Public Health Perspective


May 6, 2015; 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Milken Institute School of Public Health
First Floor Auditorium
950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC,  20052


The event is free and will be available online but media should register as well as contact Kathy Fackelmann at 202-994-8354 or [email protected].


About Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University: Established in July 1997 as the School of Public Health and Health Services, Milken Institute School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation’s capital. Today, nearly 1,534 students from almost every U.S. state and more than 45 countries pursue undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level degrees in public health. The school also offers an online Master of Public Health, [email protected], and an online Executive Master of Health Administration, MH[email protected], which allow students to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world.