Medical professionals and community leaders are coming together next week for a forum focusing on e-cigarettes and vaping.
The work is through the Partnership for a Drug Free Hall, a collaborative effort focusing on drugs and other public health concerns. The partnership has hosted a handful of forums since 2017 on issues related to opioids, pain management and substance abuse.
The forum will start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at First Baptist Church’s banquet hall, but the doors are open at 5 p.m. for access to community resources.
“The goal for us is to help people with the information (and) the truth about what’s really going on … We felt like there was so much misinformation about vaping that we really wanted to correct that,” said Judy Brownell, the director of substance abuse prevention at Center Point.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released information Thursday, Oct. 3, regarding lung injury cases associated with e-cigarette use.
As of Oct. 1, there have been 1,080 lung injury cases associated with vaping products reported to the CDC from 48 states and one U.S. territory.
“Most patients report a history of using THC-containing products. The latest national and regional findings suggest products containing THC play a role in the outbreak,” according to the CDC update.
Merrill Norton, a professor in the University of Georgia pharmacy college, will discuss the medical and chemical aspects of vaping, while Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish will focus on what is being seen locally.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Truth About Vaping
What: Forum concerning e-cigarettes and public health
When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for community resources
Where: First Baptist Church banquet hall, 751 Green St., Gainesville