Expert on lung disease to speak on vaping at free seminar Oct. 10
Gerber Memorial’s Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies series at Tamarac
FREMONT– Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is shining a spotlight on vaping, its risks and what communities should watch out for at a free seminar as state and national leaders take steps to crack down on the practice.
The free seminar will be held at Tamarac, 1401 W. Main, Fremont, Thursday October 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A complimentary dinner will be served and the event is open to all members of the community. For more information or to reserve seating, please call 231.924.3073.
Shelley Schmidt, MD, a pulmonary and critical care medicine physician with Spectrum Health Medical Group, will talk about how nicotine works and how it affects the brain. Dr. Schmidt will also discuss how tobacco companies target youth while their brain is most susceptible to hardwiring in a lifelong addiction. In addition, Dr. Schmidt will share practical steps to help people who might be addicted.
Earlier in September, Michigan became the first state in the nation to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette products under emergency rules Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered in an aggressive attempt to curb youth vaping. The East Lansing Democrat pointed to flavors like apple juice, bubble gum and Nerds in announcing pending rules that will also prohibit “misleading marketing” of vapor products using terms like “clean,” “safe” and “healthy.”
Meanwhile, the federal Department of Health and Human Services is also preparing to ban flavored e-cigarettes. Congress has held hearings into deaths blamed on vaping, which has been linked to unexplained illnesses in 46 states and deaths in 10 states.
“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is committed to serving as a resource to our communities on issues that affect local families and our schools, and we’re excited that Dr. Shelley Schmidt can share her expertise on vaping and its impact on the human body,” said Jena Zeerip, Gerber Memorial’s supervisor of community programs. “We invite and encourage everyone in our community to join us for this free seminar so together, we can tackle this public health challenge and help protect our friends and loved ones from the dangers of vaping.”