The Vaping Epidemic:
Troubling trends and their implications for youth cannabis use prevention and policy – A call to action!
January 31, 2020
The first part of this webinar will present the latest data on national and regional trends in adolescent and young adult cannabis use and vaping, as well as emerging research on unique risks from cross-fading (i.e., simultaneous use of cannabis and alcohol). Research on perceived risk of cannabis use, trends in drugged-driving, and the negative cognitive, academic, and mental health consequences of cannabis use will also be discussed – including a specific focus on how prevention specialists can use this research to inform their work. The second part will review characteristics of the evolving cannabis market such as increasing potency, flavors and product diversification, and marketing practices driving the vaping epidemic, and discuss policy approaches to address these risks. Lastly it will discuss the role that participants can play in mobilizing community stakeholders to affect cannabis regulatory practices and protect public health, and how a clearer understanding of what is driving the youth vaping epidemic could inform these approaches.
Dr. Jennifer C. Duckworth is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Washington. As a developmental psychologist and former high school teacher, Dr. Duckworth has a significant interest in the prevention of health-risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults. Her research investigates the developmental and socio-contextual processes that underlie health-risk behaviors, with a focus on high-risk alcohol and drug use. She is passionate about prevention science and is committed to supporting professionals implementing prevention programing.
Dr. Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP, a pediatrician and public health advocate, is Senior Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI) and Clinical Professor at University of California San Francisco. She directs PHI’s Prevention Policy group, including Getting it Right from the Start: Local Regulation of Recreational Marijuana, a project of PHI to support marijuana policies that learn from tobacco and alcohol control to better protect youth, public health and equity.