Bala Instiute of Oral Surgery
                        15 N. Presidential Blvd., Suite 301
                                                                                   Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
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A Pennsylvania Surgeon Helps To Combat The E-cigarette and Vaping
Epidemic By Training Healthcare Professionals

Bala Cynwyd, PA – As of January 2020, a total of 2,711 hospitalized e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) cases or deaths have been reported to the CDC in the United States. Now a Pennsylvania surgeon has created a training course on this issue as part of an ongoing continuing education program designed to educate healthcare professionals about the harm of e-cigarettes. “It is essential we educate our colleagues about this epidemic which is affecting so many young people,” says Dr. Mansoor Madani, the director of Bala Institute of Oral Surgery. Conducting educational lectures for dental and medical professionals and their staff is the main goal of his organization.

“Child abuse and neglect, drug addiction, and the overprescribing of narcotics are topics of importance that must be addressed,” says Dr. Madani who is giving his next lecture on managing medical emergencies in various situations in a dental practice. “We added an additional one hour segment on ‘The Impact of Vaping’ to our March course because this issue is out of control sadly resulting in the loss of many young lives,” adds Madani.

“We want people to understand that e-cigarettes deliver higher levels of nicotine than traditional cigarettes. Our goal is to expose the hazards of vaping in hopes that more professionals will get involved in educating youths and families about the health risks,” says Dr. Madani, who plans to give this seminar at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on March 7, 2020.

The CDC recently concluded that Vitamin E acetate, in addition to THC containing e-cigarettes and vaping products, were linked to a majority of patients who suffered from respiratory issues. The FDA has recently banned mint and fruit flavored vaping cartridges allowing manufacturers to be able to produce only tobacco and menthol flavored cartridges. Unfortunately, there was no ban on e-cigarettes altogether. Additionally, Pennsylvania officially raised the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21, which will take effect July 1, 2020.

“Our objective is to educate healthcare practitioners and their teams as well schools in the region to protect and prevent our children from potential harm and to encourage them to make informed decisions,” says Dr. Madani.

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