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AACR to Host Congressional Briefing on the Potential Public Health Crisis of E-cigarettes for Youth and Young Adults

WHAT: In just the past year, the number of American teenagers using tobacco products has increased by nearly 40 percent. To address this growing public health crisis, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will host a congressional briefing where experts will discuss the surge in e-cigarette use in middle and high school students. This briefing follows the recent introduction of multiple bills aimed at reducing youth usage of tobacco products, including the Tobacco to 21 Act and the Tobacco-Free Youth Act, which would raise the nationwide minimum age for sale of tobacco products to 21.

The briefing will update the public on what health officials are calling the “epidemic” of youth vaping. Joining the briefing will be a behavioral scientist, tobacco and cancer researchers, and government officials who will address the latest in e-cigarette usage trends, current scientific data regarding their harm to youth and potential benefits to adult smokers, and prevention and cessation strategies. They will also discuss efforts to curb tobacco use by youth and young adults that will be vital to preventing nicotine addiction for generations to come.


Wednesday, June 12

11:30 a.m. ET


Kennedy Caucus Room, Room 325, Russell Senate Office Building
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

*If you’re interested in remote coverage, livestreaming is available.


Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois)

Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia)

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Chief Executive Officer, American Association for Cancer Research

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Chair, Tobacco Products and Cancer Subcommittee, American Association for Cancer Research; Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center

Mitch Zeller, JD, Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products

Brian A. King, PhD, MPH, Deputy Director, Research Translation, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rachel Grana Mayne, PhD, MPH, Program Director, Tobacco Control Research Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

To interview Roy Herbst or other panelists, contact Rachel Salis-Silverman.

The AACR appreciates the support from Senator Durbin for this congressional briefing.