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E-cigarettes and Nicotine Addiction: 2019 AACR E-Cigarette Congressional Briefing

E-Cigarettes and Nicotine Addiction: A Potential Public Health Crisis for Youth and Young Adults

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Russell Senate Office Building
Room 325, Kennedy Caucus Room
Washington, DC

In just the past year, the number of American teenagers using tobacco products has increased by nearly 40 percent, threatening to reverse decades of progress in lowering the national smoking rate. The surge in tobacco product use among middle and high school students is due to the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, prompting federal health officials to call the dramatic rise in youth vaping an “epidemic.” From 2017 to 2018, the number of high school students who use e-cigarettes rose by 78 percent.

During this important congressional briefing U.S. government officials discussed the latest e-cigarette usage trends, regulatory efforts to curb use in youth and young adults, and current scientific data regarding the harm (and potential benefits to adult smokers) from e-cigarettes. A behavioral scientist will discuss substance use behaviors in youth and young adults, and the design of prevention and cessation strategies.


  • Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Chief Executive Officer of the AACR


  • The Honorable Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois
  • The Honorable Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia


  • Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center; Chair, AACR Tobacco Products and Cancer Subcommittee


  • Mitch Zeller, JD, Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products
  • Brian A. King, PhD, MPH, Deputy Director for Research Translation, Office on Smoking and Health, U.S. 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


Michael Reles, Vice Chair, Loudoun
County (VA) Advisory Commission on Youth, who provided important perspectives on the patterns of youth e-cigarette use that they are seeing in
Loudoun County, as well as what is being done at the county level to educate youth, parents, and teachers on the risks of vaping.