Christopher Bowers MS, DMD
Sandra Stramoski RDH, MSDH
Anna Matthews RDH, MS
Seemingly non-existent a few short years ago, vaping has exploded in scope and urgency as a serious public health concern.
Its popularity, especially among younger users, has expanded dramatically. Meanwhile, recent reports of dangerous health consequences, including fatalities, necessitate the awareness of health care professionals and their actions in responding to this emerging public health issue.
A variety of delivery methods and substances, both legal and illicit, are implicated in the associated morbidity and mortality reports. While a clear picture and appropriate response are yet to emerge, in this presentation we will discuss the current understanding of vaping and its consequences, as well as strategies for addressing this multifaceted issue.
Participants will learn:
- The extent, complexity, and historical perspectives leading to vaping as an emerging public health problem
- Systemic health effects and consequences of vaping, including lung diseases and associated mortality
- The various devices, substances and additives and their potential contributions to negative health outcomes
- Suggestions for addressing vaping by oral health professionals in various settings
Christopher Bowers MS, DMDMore courses with Christopher Bowers
Dr. Christopher W. Bowers is an assistant professor in the Dental Hygiene Department at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) where he teaches pharmacology and is an attending dentist in the dental hygiene clinic.
Dr. Bowers received his BA and MS degrees in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and his DMD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his general practice residency at Long Island College Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center.
Dr. Bowers is also a faculty member of the AIDS Education Training Center (AETC) and serves on an advisory board for the Colgate Dental Educators Network. In addition to teaching and volunteering, Dr. Bowers also treats patients in private practice in Brooklyn Heights.
Sandra Stramoski RDH, MSDHMore courses with Sandra Stramoski
Sandra Stramoski, RDH, MSDH is an Associate Professor at the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, where she teaches pharmacology, radiology and research methods. She was educated at the University of Bridgeport, where she received her degrees in dental hygiene and education. Professor Stramoski was a clinical dental hygienist for more than 20 years, practicing in several states across the country, and has been an educator for 14 years. She has published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene and Dimensions in Dental Hygiene and has presented nationally and internationally. She is a past President of the Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Anna Matthews RDH, MSMore courses with Anna Matthews
Anna Matthews, RDH, MS is an Associate Professor in the dental hygiene program at the New York City College of Technology /City University of New York where she teaches oral anatomy, pharmacology, and clinical dental hygiene courses. Prof. Matthews’s research interests are technology and educational innovations in the classroom, high-impact pedagogies and interdisciplinary studies, current issues in dentistry and dental hygiene, and emerging pharmacological therapies and their implications for oral health professionals. Prof. Matthews served as a vice-president for professional development at the New York State Dental Hygiene Association from 2017 to 2019.