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In this webinar, Michael Tynan of the CDC will review current data on e-cigarette and vape use among youth and policy strategies to prevent e-cigarette use. E-cigarettes are a tobacco product that produces an aerosol by heating a liquid that typically contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. Several factors have contributed to the popularity of e-cigarettes, including advertising and the vast array of available flavors. E-cigarette use is higher among young people than adults. As of 2014, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S youth. Youth use of e-cigarettes is unsafe. Adult smokers must completely quit to realize benefits from e-cigarettes. As the tobacco product landscape continues to diversify, it’s important to modernize tobacco control strategies to adapt.
Michael Tynan is a public health analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health. Michael works with states and communities on tobacco control policy issues and is a subject matter expert on issues such as tobacco prices, smoke-free polices and point of sale policies. Michael previously served as the Policy Officer with the Oregon Public Health Division where he worked on various public health issues, including development of public health administrative rules on marijuana.