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Please Note: This event is free to the public, but the cost for these programs is substantial. If you would like to help support the Ethics Center so that we can continue to offer these programs, please contact The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology to discuss options for a tax deductible donation. Date & Time Wednesday, December 4, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 PM. Join us from 5:00-5:30 PM for a half hour of refreshments and conversation. Our speaker will begin at 5:30 PM. Location Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park Speaker Dr. Laura E. Crotty Alexander, M.D., Associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Diego and a staff physician and researcher at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, Dr. Crotty is a pulmonary critical care specialist with clinical and research-based interests in e-cigarettes. She studies the effects of cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapor on bacterial virulence, as well as the effects of e-cigarettes on airway inflammation and innate immune function. Dr. Crotty Alexander is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, completed residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship Program, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Host Defense and Bacterial Virulence at UCSD. How bad are E-cigarettes? E-cigarettes have become popular and widely used so fast that the safety testing on them is practically non-existent. While researchers rush to define the toxicities and potential health effects of e-cigarettes, should we be advising everyone against these nicotine delivery devices? Or should we try to be positive and hopeful, in case e-cigarettes have fewer adverse health effects relative to conventional tobacco cigarettes, and thus advise current smokers to switch to e-cigs as a harm reduction strategy? Beyond that, what are the risks of the different e-cig flavors and types of devices? Is vaping caffeine and THC more or less dangerous than vaping nicotine? What are the specific dangers of e-cig use for children, teenagers and young adults? Parking instructions There are free lots available behind the Fleet Science Center near the entrance to the Community Forum. *Please note: Guests are not required to print their tickets.