Inside Pediatrics

Vaping and E-cigarettes: What Every Parent Should Know

Susan Walley, MD - Speaker Bio
Dr. Susan Walley is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s of Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her pediatric residency at UAB and serves as the Quality Improvement Director for the UAB Pediatric Residency Program.

Dr. Walley is medical director of the UAB Tobacco Consult Service and is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS). She has extensive experience in the reduction of youth tobacco use and tobacco smoke exposure through clinical, research, advocacy and educational efforts. She is the incoming chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Tobacco Control. She was also the lead author of the AAP policy statement on electronic cigarettes and co-authored the AAP policy statement “Protecting Children from Tobacco, Nicotine and Tobacco Smoke.” Dr. Walley is the principal investigator of the Youth Tobacco Prevention Program through the Alabama Department of Public Health to decrease youth tobacco use and tobacco smoke exposure.
  • Topic Info:Vape shops selling electronic cigarettes are popping up in strip malls all over the U.S. The colorful, flavored liquid is being marketing to tweens and teens. But what’s really in that liquid? Is it “safer” than traditional cigarettes? What are the dangers, and what can parents tell their children about e-cigarettes that the manufacturers won’t?