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MAA Town Hall: The Vaping Phenomenon: What it is, why it happened, and what we can do about it

 Export to Your Calendar 2/7/2020
When: Friday, February 7, 2020
7:00 PM
Where: North Atlanta High School
4111 Northside Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia  30327
United States
Contact: David Waldrep

Online registration is available until: 2/7/2020
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Keynote Speaker Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher

Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher is a Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University. She is also the founder and executive director of the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit and the Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit. Dr. Halpern-Felsher is a developmental psychologist with additional training in adolescent and young adult health. Funded by the NIH and many foundations, her research has focused on understanding and reducing adolescent tobacco use, alcohol and marijuana use, and risky sexual behavior. Her research, including over 150 publications, committee, and advocacy work have been instrumental in setting policy at the local, state, and national level. She has served as a consultant to a number of community-based adolescent health promotion programs and has been an active member on several national campaigns to understand and reduce adolescent tobacco/e-cigarette use. She has testified in several cities, states, in congress, and at the FDA arguing for more tobacco/e-cigarette regulation. She has also served on six Institute of Medicine/National Academies of Medicine committees, and contributed to three Surgeon General Reports, all focused on reducing adolescent risk behavior and promoting health.


Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher’s presentation will provide detailed information on e-cigarettes, nicotine levels in these products, addiction, and other health effects. The presentation will also provide information on reasons for adolescent use of these products, including flavors, appeal, marketing, perceived reduced harm, stress, anxiety, and depression, and misperceptions. I will also provide evidence-based resources that can be used to help prevent and reduce youth use of e-cigarettes, as well as advocacy efforts occurring in the US to reduce vaping use.    



Vaping: Attention To Prevention (VA2P)

A nonprofit student lead organization that strives to increase awareness and educate on the harmful effects of vaping shares a short video and explains how teens can get involved with vaping prevention.    



Parent Testimonial

A north Georgia mom shares her story after her teenage son had severe adverse effects to Juuling in hopes of preventing this from happening to other teens. 


Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes (PAVe)

PAVe is a grassroots organization founded by three concerned moms in response to the current youth vaping epidemic, the most serious adolescent public-health crisis our country has faced in decade. The founder will share how to get involved as a parent as well as what they are doing to help change policy on a national level that is helping our youth.



Dr. Atul Trivedi

Dr. Trivedi is a cardiologist at the Northeast Georgia Heart Center. He completed a General Cardiology Fellowship at RFUMS, The Chicago Medical School, where he served as Chief Fellow. He also completed a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at Tufts – New England Medical Center and a fellowship in Vascular Medicine at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston, MA.


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