Healthier Communities, Gerber Memorial Hospital

Spectrum Health’s free virtual seminar features experts on addressing vaping and teens

January 14, 2022

Fremont, Mich., Jan. 12, 2022 – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is offering a free virtual seminar featuring experts on vaping from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Spectrum Health’s tobacco and nicotine treatment program.

The seminar is on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Anyone can join on the virtual platform from a smartphone or laptop. To register, call 231.924.3073 or online.

Featured experts are:

  • Carolyn Chaudhary, MPH, e-cigarette expert, MDHHS
  • Libby Stern, LMSW, NCTTP, Nationally certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Spectrum Health
  • Caitlin Schucker, CHES®️, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Spectrum Health

“Nicotine is one of the top 5 most addictive drugs known to man, and with vaping and e-cigarette use on the rise, we are facing a significant health challenge among teens and individuals. Nicotine use has been linked to slower brain development in teens and can affect their memory, learning, and self-control.” said Jena Zeerip, Gerber Memorial community programs supervisor. “With our free virtual seminar, we hope to equip families and individuals with tools they can use to navigate youth conversations about vaping. We will also address social norms and how social media influences youth perception. Our panel of experts are on the frontlines of the effort to reduce vaping and e-cigarette use in local communities, and we are excited to have them share this valuable information.”

Across the United States, e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, has reached epidemic levels, threatening to hook a new generation of young people on nicotine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the use of any tobacco and nicotine product, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe for young people. About 1 of every 5 high school students reported in 2020 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days and about 1 of every 20 middle school students reported in 2020 that they used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, CDC data shows.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Contact:
Azlan Ibrahim
Communications Manager
Office: 231.924.1264
Mobile: 616.227-1940
Email: azlan.ibrahim@spectrumhealth.org