E-Cigarettes and Vaping: Good, Bad and the Ugly

With
Aaron Witwer, MS
Oswald Companies

Electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems) are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings and other chemicals to users in vapor instead of smoke. They can be manufactured to resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes, cigars or pipes, or even everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks; newer devices, such as those with fillable tanks, may look different. More than 250 different e-cigarette brands are currently on the market. While e-cigarettes are often promoted as safer alternatives to traditional cigarettes, which deliver nicotine by burning tobacco, little is actually known yet about the health risks of using these devices.

This presentation will discuss what e-cigarettes are and why their popularity is growing today.  He will discuss trends in children, adolescents and adults, regulations regarding these devices and a review of the research being conducted. He will also talk about workplace implications and what employers should do to effectively protect their employees.

Aaron Witwer is a Team Lead and Senior Health Management Consultant for Health Management Services at Oswald Companies.  He has over 15 years of combined healthcare and health management experience, providing population health management strategy, and administering various wellness programming to a variety of clientele; from small manufacturing firms to Fortune 500 companies. Aaron graduated from Indiana University earning a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a master’s degree in Sports Health Care from A.T. Still University.  He currently serves as Chair of the MetroHealth N.E.T. group; a collection of emerging leaders who advance the mission and vision of the MetroHealth System.

Reservations are required for this meeting.  All attendees must make their payment on or before the meeting, members cannot request to be invoiced.  Anyone making a reservation and do not attend without making a proper cancellation will be charged for the meeting.  This meeting qualifies as 1 of the 10 meetings that are required under the BWC’s Safety Council Rebate Program.

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