ABOUT THIS COURSE:
This is the third presentation in a 3 part series. We will discuss electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), alternative nicotine delivery products and health care concerns related to second and third hand tobacco smoke which will also include youth and young adult use. Second hand smoke (SHS) has been identified as a cause of health related death and disease for several decades, yet 40% of the United States nonsmoking population and about half of all children age 3-11 are still exposed (U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). There is an estimated 41,000 deaths per year among non-smokers exposed to SHS linked to lung cancer and coronary heart disease (King, Patel, & Babb, 2014; U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). Third Hand Smoke (THS) initially appeared in the literature in 2009 and has been defined as residual tobacco smoke contamination that remains after a cigarette has been extinguished as well as THS constituents that are re-emitted back to the gas phase, and/or react with oxidants to produce secondary toxicants (Hang et al, 2013; Kuschner, Reddy, Mehrotra, & Paintal, 2011). Both SHS and THS have health related concerns. It is important for health care providers to understand the risks associated with SHS and THS so they can better educate their patients, including parents and caregivers of children who may be exposed, and to help patients identify ways they can reduce their exposure. One of the risks associated with SHS includes youth initiation, so it becomes important to understand youth reasons for using and how to address their use. Disclosures - Products produced and/or distributed by Commercial Interest Organizations (CIOs) mentioned during this presentation are for educational purposes only and should not be considered an endorsement by Academy Medical Systems, the course presenter, or the ANCC No member of the planning committee has a relationship with a CIO that could create a conflict of interest in planning or presenting this material. Thank you.