2020 Alaska Policy Forum

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Live Online Dialogue

Reeling In Alaska's Youth E-Cigarette Epidemic

Join us to learn about emerging challenges and identify what we can do as Alaskans to reduce the effects of chronic disease on our economy and health care system. If you would like to make a donation to help us advance our mission please click here

This Year’s Topic

The U.S. Surgeon General has declared youth e-cigarette use to be an epidemic. Nationwide, youth use went from almost non-existent in 2011 to one in four high schoolers by 2017. In Alaska, youth use is now three and a half times the rate of smoking cigarettes. Action is needed to reverse this trend. Policy solutions focus on improving systems at the local, state, and federal levels.


Bonnie Halper-Felsher, PhD
Professor, Adolescent Medicine, Health Research & Policy
Stanford University School of Medicine

Anne Zink, MD
Alaska Chief Medical Officer

Frank Yaska
Tobacco Prevention Policy Specialist
Tanana Chiefs Conference

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We will address questions such as:

  • What’s actually in e-cigarettes? What variations are there? How quickly are they evolving?
  • Who is using them? And why?
  • What are their short- and long-term health and economic effects?
  • How are Alaskans confronting the issue?
  • What strategies are most effective to support youth in both prevention and quitting?
  • How can we translate Alaska’s tobacco prevention success to newer products?

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