Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Launches Vaping Education Campaign
Our young people simply do not stand a chance against the predatory practices of tobacco companies that are contributing to this health crisis.Dr. Susanne Tanski
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), which delivers care to a population of 1.9 million across northern New England and operates New Hampshire’s top hospital according to US News & World Report rankings, is launching a multi-state vaping education campaign entitled “No Safe Vape,” in response to a major health issue facing the region and the nation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey, New Hampshire has the highest percentage of high school students reporting daily use of electronic vapor products such as vapes and e-cigarettes. With the growing number of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, “No Safe Vape” aims to educate young people and their families in New Hampshire and Vermont about the dangers of vaping and to provide resources for those seeking further information or help quitting.
The “No Safe Vape” campaign, which launches November 19, coincides with the Great American Smokeout, on Nov. 21, a national effort to encourage smokers to quit. "No Safe Vape” presents facts about the dangers of vaping on a new website, https://go.d-h.org/NoSafeVape, and features a comprehensive list of local, regional and national resources. A social media campaign, including a 20-minute Facebook Live with D-HH experts and teens and a thought-provoking educational video on the harmful contents of vape cartridges, will support the effort. In addition, a D-HH pediatrician and expert on adolescent tobacco use prevention will be brief members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Nov. 20, and a multi-state advertising campaign will be launched throughout communities D-HH serves.
“Dartmouth-Hitchcock is helping to open up the lines of communication between those who are most susceptible to vaping and their families by way of the No Safe Vape campaign,” said Joanne M. Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. “As the region’s largest academic health system, it is incumbent on us to share our knowledge and expertise while promoting the great work of so many local, regional and national organizations in this growing area of concern.”
D-HH will host a Facebook Live broadcast on www.facebook.com/DartmouthHitchcock on Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. EST featuring pediatric pulmonologist Brian O’Sullivan, MD, tobacco treatment specialist Kate McNally, and New Hampshire high school student Emily Galeva. The conversation is timed and designed to allow parents to view with their teenage children.
At the invitation of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Dartmouth-Hitchcock pediatrician Susanne Tanski, MD, will brief members of the Senate in a closed-door session on Capitol Hill Wednesday, November 20, about the hazards of vaping and next steps to reverse the epidemic rates of vaping among adolescents. Dr. Tanski is section chief of General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and Associate Director of the C. Everett Koop Institute at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. An expert on adolescent tobacco use prevention and parental smoking cessation, Dr. Tanski is featured in videos on https://go.d-h.org/NoSafeVape, and will share her expertise on the harmful effects of vaping with members of Congress.
“The No Safe Vape campaign is a significant step forward in the overarching mission to dispel harmful misconceptions about vaping and further emphasize the severity of this nationwide issue,” says Tanski, who also testified in October about the dangers of vaping before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Our young people simply do not stand a chance against the predatory practices of tobacco companies that are contributing to this health crisis. It is imperative that we do our best to help people understand the very serious risks of vaping.”
One of the videos created especially for the campaign, filmed in a format similar to a social media recipe video, highlights the harmful chemicals contained inside a vape cartridge.
For more information about the dangers of vaping, please visit https://go.d-h.org/NoSafeVape.
DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK HEALTH (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across Northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 2,400 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named in 2019 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 13 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.