Spectrum Health lung specialist, vaping expert to lead national organization seminar March 21
Fremont, Mich., March 3, 2022 – Spectrum Health pulmonology and critical care physician Shelley Schmidt, MD, and Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial tobacco treatment specialist Shelly Klochack, RN, will lead a vaping seminar March 21 hosted by the national organization, Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes, or PAVe.
The free virtual seminar, “What Michigan parents need to know in 2022,” starts at 4 p.m. In addition to Spectrum Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics Michigan chapter is partnering with PAVe for the event. To register, go to www.parentsagainstvaping.org/events and select the Michigan event on March 21. Or click here to go directly to the registration page.
“The past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have been challenging for families, and as health care professionals, we’re pleased to partner with parents around the country to share information that can help address overall health, from respiratory and lung health to mental health, as well as addiction and substance abuse issues, including vaping and nicotine use,” Klochack said. “In Michigan and across the nation, young people and students are getting addicted to vaping and e-cigarettes, which have been linked to lung and brain damage because e-cigarettes contain ingredients that you would normally find in batteries, like nickel, tin and lead. This seminar on March 21 is also an opportunity to face challenges related to addiction and ending the stigma around mental health care. We encourage everyone with a smartphone or a laptop to join our free virtual seminar and learn what we can do to reduce vaping and e-cigarette use.”
Half of all Michigan high school students have tried vaping products and one in five Michigan students is an active user of the products, PAVe said, citing a 2019 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Meanwhile, 70 percent of youth e-cigarette users say they use e-cigarettes because they “come in flavors I like,” according to the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health survey.
PAVe is a national grassroots organization founded in 2018 as a response to the youth vaping epidemic.
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