Health Services Research Seminar Series

May 1, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Brian Primack, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Science; Director, Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health; Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research on Health and Society; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Public Health Building, Auditorium G23
Center for Research on Health Care, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, and RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute
JoAnn Reed
Senior Administrative Coordinator


TOPIC:  “Vaping: Lifesaving Remedy or Public Health Nightmare?”


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “vape” was the official “word of the year” this past year. “Vaping” refers to using an electronic cigarette, a battery-powered device that vaporizes nicotine into an inhalable aerosol. Because the toxicant load from electronic cigarettes seems to be substantially less than that of regular cigarettes, some experts believe that these may be potentially valuable tools for harm reduction among established smokers. However, propagation of e-cigarette use may present important unintended consequences. For example, the CDC estimates that more than 250,000 youth who had never used cigarettes used e-cigarettes in 2013. If experimentation like this leads to traditional cigarette smoking, this would severely undermine the harm reduction value of e-cigarettes. This issue is of particularly acute policy relevance because of the FDA’s recent call for research to help them regulate e-cigarettes. In this seminar, Dr. Primack will present new data from a current longitudinal study which will help shed light on this important public health conundrum. For more information please visit our website at