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Electronic Cigarettes - Miracle or Menace

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This webinar, originally presented on May 27, 2015, is part of an ongoing series of educational presentations by experts on issues that focus on current and emerging aspects of pediatric and reproductive environmental health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the biological role of nicotine in the brain and intent of the electronic cigarette
  • Discuss the dangers of electronic cigarettes regarding unintentional exposures in toddlers and adolescent intentional use
  • Describe the exposures of second-hand inhalation of vapors from electronic cigarettes
  • Understand state and federal regulations as it pertains to prevention of exposures to minors and environmental contamination. 

Presented By: 


Jennifer Lowry, MD, FACMT
Chief, Section of Clinical Toxicology
Medical Director, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutic Innovation
Children's Mercy Kansas City
Jennifer Lowry, MD, FACMT, attended medical school at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion and Rapid City, South Dakota. Subsequently, she completed a Pediatric Residency and Clinical Pharmacology/Medical Toxicology Fellowship at the Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, MO. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Medical Toxicology. She spent 5 years at the University of Kansas Medical Center as the Medical Director to the University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center. Currently, she is the Chief for the Section of Clinical Toxicology at Children's Mercy Hospital and an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Missouri \u2013 Kansas City School of Medicine. She continues to serve as a toxicologist for the KUH-PCC. 

She has served as the Director for the Mid-America Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit for EPA Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska) since its inception in 2002 and as a medical toxicology liaison to the Region 7 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She is a current member of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Chair-Elect for the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Environmental Health.

She is a frequently invited lecturer on pediatric toxicology and environmental exposures in the region. In addition, she has been Co-Director to multiple courses on toxicology and pediatric environmental health.

Approximate Completion Time

60 minutes


This presentation was supported by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 1 U61TS000238-01 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-92301301-9. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

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