Experts available to provide insight on effects of vaping

Vaping has emerged as a serious concern globally, with recent research indicating potential health risks and a surge in usage among young people. Australia has recently implemented a ban on recreational vaping. Meanwhile, in Canada, there are increasing demands to prohibit vape flavours and raise the legal age for purchasing e-cigarettes. Experts from Western University are available to provide commentary on the impacts of vaping on health, behaviour and attitudes, with a particular focus on youth and vulnerable populations.  

Grace Parraga
Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry 

Areas of expertise: Impact of vaping on lungs, respiratory system imaging, COPD. 

Jibran Khokhar
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology 

Areas of expertise: Impact of vaping and cannabis on the developing brain, substance use in vulnerable populations such as patients with schizophrenia, adolescents and those genetically at-risk.  

Ruud Veldhuizen
Professor, Department of Respirology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry 

Areas of Expertise: Acute lung injury, laboratory and preclinical science. 

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