Saint Peter's University Hospital Hosts Virtual Presentation on Vaping Concerns for Teens & Families on March 24

March 11, 2021

Saint Peter
New Brunswick, N.J. – March 11, 2021 – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, will host the fourth free lecture in its virtual family lecture series, “Vaping and the Adolescent,” on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM over Zoom. The topic will be presented by Mara Carlin, CPS, coordinator of Coalition and Community Programs, and Nicki Francis, CPS, coordinator of Program and Professional Development, at the Wellspring Center for Prevention.
Vaping is a major concern for parents, especially as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported a rise in e-cigarette use among teens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 19.6% of high school students (3.02 million) and 4.7% of middle school students (550,000) reported e-cigarette use in 2020. The CDC reports that there is some evidence that young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.
Carlin and Francis, both certified prevention specialists (CPS), will help parents understand the potential health risks of vaping, which vaping devices are popular, how these vaping devices work, and the inherent dangers associated with them. Now that recreational marijuana is legal in New Jersey, Carlin and Francis will also address the impact of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrates on vaping use.
To register for “Vaping and the Adolescent,” please visit:

Organized by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, this virtual lecture series is designed for parents and families. The presentations in this series will address common parental concerns about the numerous ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted teens, from issues like isolation to how they cope, socialize and develop. The series will also explore addiction which has escalated during the pandemic and resources for successful recovery.
The virtual lectures will be presented every other Wednesday through May 5. An additional event is scheduled for June 2. Each lecture will start at 6:30 PM. The list of upcoming lecture topics is below:
April 7, 2021: Recovery Coaches
Presented by Bonnie Nolan, PhD, Woodbridge Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (WOORP)
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link:
April 21, 2021: Successful Recovery from Addiction
Presented by Don Rogers, Community Outreach director at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link:
May 5, 2021: Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Self Care Strategies
Presented by Laurie Herrick, BS, and Heather Ward, MSW, LSW, CPS, Wellspring Center for Prevention
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link:
June 2, 2021: The HPV Vaccine’s Role in Cancer Prevention for Your Adolescent
Presented by Daniela Correa, MD, pediatrician, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and Paulina Rojas, MD, pediatrician, Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Family Health Center
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link:
If you have any questions about the virtual lectures, please contact Robert J. LaForgia, coordinator, Healthier Middlesex, at or 732-745-8600, ext. 5831. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.
About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit or call 732-745-8600.

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