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E-Cigarettes: Dangerous for Your Children?

From the show: Healthy Children
Dr. Susanne Tanski, MD
Guest Bio
Guest Bio: Dr. Susanne Tanski, MD
Susanne Tanski is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School and a practicing pediatrician at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Tanski is project director in the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence, a national center of excellence funded by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute dedicated to protecting children from tobacco. She is also the chair of the AAP's Tobacco Consortium, a multidisciplinary research group, and chair of the Primary Prevention Workgroup for New Hampshire's Comprehensive Cancer Collaborative.

Working within the Cancer Risk Behaviors Group at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth, her current research endeavors focus on visual media influences on adolescent smoking and drinking, and communication between pediatric clinicians and parents regarding eliminating secondhand smoke exposure of children and helping parents promote healthy lifestyles for their children. She has specific research interest in how young people make choices regarding risk behaviors, such as alcohol and tobacco. She has expertise and interest in a broad range of parent education including obesity prevention and healthy use of media, and smoking cessation for parents and adolescents.

Dr. Tanski received her MD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, followed by a fellowship in General Pediatrics and Masters of Public Health degree at the University of Rochester. She worked for the American Academy of Pediatrics' Center for Child Health Research prior to joining the Dartmouth faculty in 2005.
E-cigarettes promise a safe and effective alternative to the real ones. But what potential dangers do they hold for you? Or, for your kids?

For instance, do the flavors in E-cigarettes make them more attractive to kids? Are they easier for kids to buy than regular cigarettes?

Is it really true that they are a safe alternative? What is known about the other chemicals they hold?

In this segment of Healthy Children, Dr. Susan Tanski, MD, and Melanie Cole, MS discuss E-cigarettes and their dangers to both children and adults.


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