E-Cigarette State of the Science Symposium

E-cigarettes have been a hot topic lately, but the bottom line may seem unclear.  How safe are they?  Can they help smokers quit?  Why is the FDA concerned?  How do they impact youth?  Local experts from Pitt, UPMC, Children’s Hospital, and RAND discuss the current scientific evidence of e-cigarettes’ benefits and harms from a variety of perspectives and weigh in on implications for public health policy.


Karen Hacker, MD, MPH
Director, Allegheny County Health Department


Esa Matius Davis, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Science
Director, UPMC Tobacco Treatment Service

Brian A. Primack, MD, PhD
Assistant Vice Chancellor For Research on Health and Society, University of Pittsburgh
Director, Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Clinical & Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Jonathan E. Spahr, MD
Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

William G. Shadel, PhD
Associate Director, Population Health Program; Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation