E-Cigarette Video Presentations

May 22, 2019 - we gathered regional and national experts on smoking and tobacco-control to share the latest information and research about youth vaping use, nationally and in South Carolina.

To access each speaker's presentation, click on the blue titles below:

E-Cigarettes: What are they and why do they appeal to youth?

Jim F. Thrasher, Ph.D., MA, MS
Professor, University of South Carolina Arnold School, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior

Jim Thrasher studies adolescent and adult use and perceptions of e-cigarettes in the US and other countries with contrasting e-cigarette policies (e.g., Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Guatemala, Mexico). This research aims to inform the development of communication and policy interventions that promote public health.

SC Adolescent Vaping Use Rates and Trends 2019

Dan Kilpatrick, Ph.D, MPH, CEPR
Surveillance and Evaluation Director, SC Dept. of Health & Environmental Control, Tobacco Prevention and Control Division


Dan has managed the implementation, analysis, and reporting for the Youth Tobacco Survey and the Adult Tobacco Survey in SC since 2012.

He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina Arnold School teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental health and pollution and emergency management. His research interests include chronic disease, slow onset disasters such as chronic disease epidemics, and global health.

Public Health Implications of E-Cigarettes: What Does the Evidence Show?

Anthony Alberg, Ph.D., MPH
Professor & Chair, University of South Carolina Arnold School, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Dr. Alberg was a member of the Committee on the Review of the Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems for the Consensus Study Report, “Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes” January 2018, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine.

A Personal Story of Teen Juul Addiction


Luka Kinard is a high school sophomore from High Point, NC who spent 40 days at an in-patient treatment center for a severe vaping addiction. He decided to share his story publicly and continues his mission by speaking at schools about the dangers of vaping. His story has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on NBC News. His mom, Kelly Kinard, speaks about the addiction battle from the family perspective including the desperate search for treatment.

Panel Discussion: Effective Education Approaches for Teen Vaping Prevention


Marty Durant

Youth Services Director, Just Say Something, Greenville, SC

Mr. Durant started his work at Just Say Something as an intern and quickly found a passion for substance use disorder education and prevention. He now serves as the Youth Services Director and works with youth throughout Greenville County daily getting a glimpse of the dangers they face.


Kevin Gray, MD

Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Gray has dedicated his career to understanding and addressing adolescent substance use.  With a multidisciplinary team of collaborators, he provides clinical care and conducts National Institutes of Health sponsored research to advance the field and help young people struggling with substance use.


Luka Kinard & Kelly Kinard, Youth Prevention Advocates

Truth Initiative: Helping Teens Quit E-cigarettes

Sarah Shank
Managing Director, Communications, Truth Initiative

As the managing director of communications, Shank’s efforts have been an integral part of many Truth awards and recognitions, including Cannes PR Lions, Clios, Effies, SABRES, Silver Anvils and Webbys, as well as the 2015 Arts, Entertainment, Sports & Media Campaign of the Year and the 2015 Nonprofit Campaign of the Year by PR Week. Her media strategy delivers more than $100 million in earned media to the organization each year. In 2018, Shank accepted the Gold Stevie award for Communications Professional of the Year from the American Business Awards.

Organizing for Youth Vaping Prevention Education in South Carolina: Volunteer Opportunities with Smokefree SC


Rebecca Jacobson, MPH

Smokefree SC Executive Director

Smokefree SC

1800 St. Julian Place, Suite 408

Columbia, SC 29204


© Smokefree SC