Current trends in youth tobacco use: Implications for physical and mental health

1.0 NAPNAP Contact Hour. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is $10 for NAPNAP Members. For non-members, this continuing education activity rate is $20. 

Juul? So last decade! What are all these new products kids are using? Disposable vapes with 1500 puffs and 4-5 packs of cigarettes worth of nicotine? TikTok sellers offering mail order “parent-proof” packaging--wasn’t the legal age raised to 21? Flavored products used by 85% of youth--weren’t flavored pods banned? Menthol flavoring ban—health equity solution or health equity problem? “What are wellness vapes”? This session will answer these questions and more and help you stay up-to-date in the ever evolving word of tobacco, vaping and nicotine.  Attendees will leave with the latest evidence of the physical, neurodevelopmental, behavioral health and environmental harms associated with youth tobacco/nicotine use. We will also discuss health equity issues related to tobacco use and current policy and regulatory issues and challenges. You will leave with current resources to help address both prevention and cessation issues in your practices, schools and communities.

This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program will be awarded 1.0 NAPNAP contact hours, of which 0 is pharmacology content.

If you had attended 2022 virtual symposium and earned CE for this session, this course will be a duplicate.

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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

Understand current patterns of youth tobacco use.
Explain the effects of youth tobacco use on neurodevelopment and physical and mental health. 
Discuss effective prevention, screening, and cessation strategies for youth.
Analyze tobacco policy and regulatory strategies and challenges.

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Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Laura Searcy is a veteran PNP and passionate advocate for child health and wellbeing. She is a past chair of NAPNAP’s Health Policy Committee,  past president of NAPNAP and past founding board member of NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth. Ms. Searcy was selected as an AANP Fellow in 2018. She is an experienced public speaker, and frequently consults with a variety of local and governmental agencies in the areas of youth tobacco and substance use prevention, adverse childhood experiences and youth suicide prevention. She is a Sources of Strength youth suicide prevention trainer and a champion for one of NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth’s new focus populations, children at risk for suicide. Ms. Searcy has extensive non-profit board experience, including serving three terms as an elected member of the Cobb County (Georgia) Board of Education.

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  • 1.00 Contact hours


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