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UPMC-Pitt Health Sciences Community Speaks Out in Support of E-Cigarette Regulations

WHAT: Experts from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences support the Allegheny County Health Department’s proposal to regulate e-cigarettes in the way that traditional cigarettes are already regulated. Cancer, family medicine, emergency medicine and pediatric physicians and other experts will come together at a press briefing to share the facts about e-cigarettes, including second-hand vape exposure, toxins and how vaping introduces youth and other nonsmokers to nicotine and traditional cigarettes.
 
The Allegheny County Council meets March 7 at 5 p.m. to vote on e-cigarette regulations. Its decision could allow Pittsburgh to join Philadelphia in setting the pace for other counties and the state, which currently lack such regulations.
 
WHY: There are potential health dangers to e-cigarettes, both to those vaping and the people around them. The proposed regulations do not ban e-cigarette use, but minimize the exposure of others.
 
WHO:
 
• Stanley M. Marks, M.D., chairman of the UPMC CancerCenter.
• Brian A. Primack, M.D., Ph.D., assistant vice chancellor for research on health and society at the University of Pittsburgh.
• Ellen Mazo, director of government affairs, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
• Michael J. Lynch, M.D., medical director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center, and UPMC emergency medicine physician and toxicologist.
 
WHEN: 1 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017
 
WHERE: Herberman Conference Center, UPMC CancerCenter Pavilion, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, 15232
 
Note to Media: To cover this event, contact Cyndy Patton at 412-415-6085 or PattonC4@upmc.edu.

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