Episode 14: The Health Impacts of E-Cigs and Vaping

This is a recorded episode for the AAAAI podcast series, Conversations from the World of Allergy. The host (David Stukus) will interview Michelle Hernandez, MD FAAAAI regarding electronic-cigarettes, or e-cigs. The interview will delve into information about how e-cigs compare with other types of smoking and the effects e-cigs can have on patients with asthma. E-Cigs have been the source of several health-related controversies, especially for adolescents—this will be discussed as well. Tune in for helpful insights about talking with your patients about e-cig use.

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e-Cigs: What are they and how are they impacting our youth? (disponible en español)

CDC Facts about Electronic Cigarettes

FDA National Youth Tobacco Survey

Target Audience

  • Allergist/immunologists
  • Fellows-in-Training
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants and Other Allied Health Professionals
  • Patients/Patients' Families

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between mechanisms, prevalence, and effects of e-cigs and other forms of smoking
  2. Identify adverse health effects e-cigs have on patients with asthma
  3. Employ strategies to obtain pertinent social histories related to patient use of or exposure to e-cigs
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 0.75 CME
    CME credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Planning Committee 
David R. Stukus, MD FAAAAI
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Relevant relationships: None

Michelle L. Hernandez, MD FAAAAI
UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Relevant relationships: None

Content Reviewers 
Samuel Gubernick, DO FAAAAI
Family Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates, Largo, FL
Relevant relationships: None

Andrew D. Moore, MD FAAAAI
ENTAA Care, Glen Burnie, MD
Relevant relationships: None

AAAAI Disclosure Policy
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  • Employment: Name of employer and job title.
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The information disclosed by the speakers and planning committee was reviewed in accordance with the AAAAI Disclosure Policy. All potential conflicts of interest were resolved by the planners, faculty, and reviewers prior to their participation in the development of this activity.

Accreditation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement 
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit Claiming Period 
Credit claiming for this activity will expire at 11:59 pm on September 17, 2020. Requests to claim credit after September 17, 2020 will be denied.

Medium and Method of Physician Participation 
Follow these steps to complete the activity:

  1. Listen to the podcast episode.
  2. Review the information in the Faculty and Accreditation tabs.
  3. Click Begin.
  4. Complete the assessment. You must achieve a score of 70% or higher to claim credit.
  5. Complete the activity evaluation.
  6. Claim your credits.
  7. Print or save your certificate.

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Available Credit

  • 0.75 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 0.75 CME
    CME credit.


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