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Saturday, November 9, 2019

NKY Chamber Government Forum to Address Vaping Epidemic in Northern Kentucky


On Monday, November 25, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) will host Government Forum: The Vaping Epidemic in NKY - Facts and Solutions. The event will bring together a panel of experts for a discussion on the region’s vaping epidemic and the proposed 2020 legislation before the Kentucky General Assembly.

Panelists will include Rep. Kim Moser, Chair of Health and Family Services, Kentucky House of Representatives and Ben Chandler, President and CEO, Foundation for Healthy Kentucky. Garren Colvin, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare will moderate.

E-cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine and come in many forms, with the most popular looking like USB sticks. The devices heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. The liquid usually has nicotine and flavoring in it and other additives. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, e-cigarette use has grown dramatically over the course of the past five years, with usage by high school students exceeding adults.

“Northern Kentucky has a smoking problem,” said Brent Cooper, President & CEO of the NKY Chamber.  “While nationally 14% of adults smoke cigarettes, 23% of NKY adults smoke and this does not include the newest epidemic facing the youth of our region: vaping. This is a critical conversation for our community to be having as the health of our future workforce is at stake.”

The Government Forum will run from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. and will take place at St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center (3861 Olympic Blvd, Erlanger, KY 41018). Tickets are $30 for NKY Chamber members, $40 for future members, $25 for NKYP Passport holders and are available online at www.nkychamber.com/events. Pre-registration is required.

Government Forum sponsors include Event Sponsors AT&T and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The Host Sponsor is St. Elizabeth Healthcare

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