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Washington Post: UC expert shares dangers of vaping with national audience

Researcher Ashley Merianos says most teens and parents don’t understand the dangers of e-cigs

A national audience is learning about University of Cincinnati research related to vaping thanks to a Feb. 22 article in the Washington Post featuring Ashley Merianos, an associate professor at UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.

Ashley Merianos

Ashley Merianos

Merianos, who studies public health education, said in the article — a piece about sharing the dangers of vaping during driving school — that she is encouraged that some schools are teaching students about possible medical hazards and hopes more will follow their example.

One reason vaping is so widespread, Merianos said, is that most teenagers and their parents do not understand its dangers. Studies have shown that teaching young people about the risks of an activity — smoking, for example — reduces the chance they will partake, she said.

Read the Washington Post article

Merianos has garnered national and international media attention for her research on child secondhand and thirdhand smoke exposure.

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