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Professional Education

Presentations from the 2019 Smokefree SC Summit

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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?
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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.

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.