Public health impact of e-cigarettes subject of Oct. 26 forum

National health experts will debate whether e-cigarettes will improve public health by replacing tobacco cigarettes or damage public health by renormalizing smoking.

The public health ramifications of e-cigarettes will be the focus of the next Stanford Health Policy Forum, scheduled for noon Oct. 26 in Berg Hall at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning & Knowledge.

The forum, “E-Cigarettes: A Threat or an Opportunity for Public Health?,” is free and open to the public. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Debating the issue will be David Abrams, PhD, professor of health, behavior and society at Johns Hopkins University; Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, professor of pediatrics at Stanford; and Robert Jackler, MD, professor and chair of otolaryngology at Stanford. Each will bring their expertise to bear on the question of whether e-cigarettes are a threat or a benefit to public health.

Paul Costello, chief communications officer for the School of Medicine, will moderate the discussion.

The Stanford Health Policy Forum is an ongoing series of discussions and presentations designed to inform public debate about major health policy issues.

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