Nursing: Vaping and E-Cigarettes: Healthcare's Response to a New Epidemic in Teens and Young Adults

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About the Course

The use of some types of vaping devices in the teen population is skyrocketing (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2017). In fact, the United States Surgeon General has issued an advisory declaring the use of e-cigarettes among youth as a national epidemic (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS], 2018a).  What makes vaping so popular among American youth? What are the health risks associated with vaping?  This course will familiarize nurses with the current epidemic of vaping, including the types of chemical and drug exposures that may occur with vaping, health consequences, and strategies to curb the use of vaping. The course includes steps that have been taken to curb this epidemic and strategies the health care community can implement to safeguard against vaping.  

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe vaping.
  • Identify substances that are being used in vaping.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of vaping.
  • Discuss reasons children and adolescents give for vaping.
  • Discuss the incidence and prevalence of vaping.
  • Describe health-related issues associated with vaping.
  • Evaluate strategies that safeguard against vaping.

About the Author:
Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Dr. Avillion is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and published health care education author. She is the owner and CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business devoted to helping nurses maintain competency and enhance their professional growth and development. Dr. Avillion earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her MS from Penn State University, along with a BSN from Bloomsburg University. She has served in various nursing roles over her career in both leadership roles and as a bedside clinical nurse. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development.

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