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EBHPP Capitol Briefing: Current Crisis, Big Questions: An Update on the Vaping-Related Injury Outbreak and Research on E-Cigarette Use

As of mid-October, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had identified nearly 1,500 lung injuries associated with vaping, with a total of 33 confirmed deaths across the country. The first identification of the link between e-cigarette use and these injuries was made by health care providers at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Department of Health Services staff. These acute lung injuries are set in a broader discussion in the policy and research arenas about e-cigarette use in general, particularly as it relates to youth uptake of vaping products, and potential for cessation among individuals who use tobacco products.

This Evidence-Based Health Policy Project Capitol Briefing answered the following questions:

What do we know (and not know yet) about the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries?
What does the best research and evidence say about e-cigarette use more broadly?
What is the current policy landscape nationally and in other states?

Featuring presentations from…

Michael Gutzeit
Chief Medical Officer, Chief Safety Officer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Amy Johnson
Policy Coordinator, Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Jonathan Meiman
Chief Medical Officer, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Megan Piper
Associate Director of Research, UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention
Associate Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medicine



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