The Electronic Cigarette Dragon: The Public Health Concern That Became a Criminal Justice Challenge

Air date:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
2:00- 3:00 PM

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have become popular for those seeking an alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products. The lack of regulation made e-cigs easy to access and has shepherded their nefarious use. The use of the e-cigs as an illicit drug delivery device is touted on websites, blogs, and videos describing how best to use them for specific illicit drugs and advocating for vaping illicit drugs publicly.


Michelle R. Peace, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Forensic Science
Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Peace has been the President of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) for 2018, and is a member of the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She served on the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology (SWGTOX) for 4 years to help develop standards in the practice of forensic toxicology, is a member of the National Safety Council’s Alcohol, Drugs, and Impaired Driving Division, and serves on a federal task force regarding drug epidemics involving novel psychoactive substances and opioids.


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