Panel: Health Effects of Conventional and Electronic Cigarette Policies

Friday, November 8, 2019: 3:15 PM-4:45 PM
I.M Pei Tower: Terrace Level, Terrace (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  Rahi Abouk, William Paterson University
Panel Chair:  Sarah Stith, University of New Mexico
Discussants:  Jenny Kenney, Urban Institute and Patricia Hall, Food and Drug Administration

Tobacco kills near half a million each year in the U.S. To reduce the adverse health effects of tobacco consumption on smokers and non-smokers Federal, state, and local governments have been implementing different tobacco-related policies which overall have been successful. On the other hand, the emergence and popularity of electronic cigarettes in the U.S. market has contributed to the complications in how policymakers have to regulate the evolving tobacco industry. This panel includes presentations on the effect of policies targeting both conventional and electronic cigarettes. The first two papers included in this panel investigate the effects of various policies related to both conventional and electronic cigarettes on the risk of cancer and infant health, while the third paper uses an experimental framework to identify effective sources of information that form the perceptions about electronic cigarettes which has very important policy implications. In addition, this panel provides opportunities for scholars from academia (as presenters) and experts from the federal government and major think tanks (as discussants) to exchange ideas. This panel is further enriched by the diversity of its participants, who are coming from different gender, racial, and professional backgrounds.

Do Characterizing Flavors in Tobacco Products Promote Progression from Experimentation to Established Use Among US Youth?
Shannon Lea Watkins1, Benjamin Chaffee2 and Wendy Max2, (1)University of Iowa, (2)University of California, San Francisco

The Effect of E-Cigarette Taxes on Pre-Pregnancy and Prenatal Smoking
Rahi Abouk, William Paterson University, Scott Adams, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Bo Feng, IMPAQ International, LLC, Catherine Maclean, Temple University and Michael F. Pesko, Georgia State University

Information Source and Cigarettes
Catherine Maclean, Temple University, John Buckell, Yale University and Joachim Marti, University of Leeds

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