Banner Health hosts vaping & e-cigarettes event.

Expert addresses issue that Colorado teens vape at twice the national rate

By Sara Quale Banner Health February 2, 2019

To address the national vaping epidemic, Banner Health and the American Lung Association are bringing awareness and education to Northern Colorado on the rising use of vaping and e-cigarettes among Colorado teens.

On Feb. 14, 2019, both groups will host a presentation and interactive discussion led by acclaimed vaping and e-

cigarette researcher, Stan Glantz, PhD. The event will be held at the McKee Wellness Center, 2000 N. Boise

Ave., Loveland, CO 80538, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This free event is open to parents, students, educators, physicians

and the general community. Seating is limited. For more information and to RSVP call 1-800-230-CARE.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), e-cigarettes are the most commonly used

tobacco product among America’s youth. Based on a survey done by the Colorado Department of Public Health

and Environment in 2018, teenagers in Colorado are vaping at twice the national average rate.

“This has become a public health issue,” Geri Ann Gunderson said, senior manager of respiratory care at North

Colorado Medical Center. “We have seen kids with popcorn lung and other complications associated with vaping

that should be happening to 60 and 70-year-olds, not young kids. The cognitive development of teens is affected

as well, and just like in adults, the risk of cardiovascular disease from the increased dosing of nicotine damages

their heart, not just their lungs.”

In addition to the latest research, the presentation will address vaping trends and a number of misconceptions

held by teens. For example, many teens think they are inhaling water vapor when in fact they are inhaling an

aerosol filled with chemicals, including nicotine.

“There is a lot of mis-education around vaping and e-cigarettes, we want to make sure parents have the right

information to help students,” Gunderson said. “Our goal is to keep people out of hospitals. We need to give

people the education they need to live a healthier life.”

Dr. Glantz is Director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, Co-Leader of the Helen

Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center for Tobacco Program and a member of the Cardiovascular Research

Institute and Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. He is the author or coauthor of numerous

publications related to secondhand smoke and tobacco control, as well as many papers on cardiovascular

function. He is the author of five books and nearly 400 scientific papers. Among them are Tobacco: Biology and

Politics for high school students and The Uninvited Guest, a story about secondhand smoke, for second graders.

Banner Health is Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The

system owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine,

academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of

other services; including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a

nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

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McKee Medical Center, opened in 1976, is a fully accredited, private nonprofit facility in Loveland, Colorado.

McKee is owned by Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 28 hospitals in six states. It offers

emergency care, cancer care, heart care, orthopedics, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, intensive

care, lab and medical imaging. For more information, please visit

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