A Tale of Two Public Health Problems: Protecting the Public During the EVALI Outbreak and Youth Vaping Epidemic

Concurrent Sessions 6: 10:00 am – 11:15 am, Thursday, September 23, 2021

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. The increase in youth e-cigarette use lead the Surgeon General to declare youth e-cigarette use an epidemic in 2018. In 2019, states began to report a national outbreak of lung injuries associated with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use that primarily affected adults. This session will discuss legislative and emergency executive actions state and local governments took to address these two public health issues.


  • Michael Tynan, Public Health Analyst, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  • Andrew Twinamatsiko, JD, Lead Senior Staff Attorney, CA Program, Public Health Law Center
  • Kevin Schroth, JD, Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Public Health