Are you interested in reducing the public health effects associated with the explosive growth in electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) and vaping usage? Are you looking for collaborators to explore new dimensions of vaping or e-cigarette research? Then the E-Cigarette/Vaping Speed Networking event is the answer for you! Speed Networking is designed to help you meet new collaborators and brainstorm novel ideas leading to potential new avenues for your research and funding portfolio.  

There is an ongoing, dramatic increase in usage of e-cigarettes among students in high schools and colleges, including at the University of Iowa (UI).  Recently, the National College Health Assessment reported 26.8% of UI undergraduate students said they have used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.  In a senior survey at a large Iowa City high school in 2019, 50% responded yes to the question “Have you ever vaped?”  While many on the UI campus are concerned about this growing trend of e-cigarette usage among current and incoming students, the impact of vaping goes beyond student wellness to include the impact on employers, health care costs, the environment, and more. While the use of electronic cigarettes as increased on the UI campus, e-cigarette use and vaping has also increased among teens.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2018, "America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3% of 12th graders reporting 'any vaping' in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8% in 2017."

E-Cigarettes and vaping are a vexing societal problem that will require multidisciplinary perspectives in developing new approaches to alleviating this new public health crisis in our communities. A Science editorial from June 2019 noted that there are serious questions that need addressed in developing appropriate guidelines for e-cigarette use/vaping including, “whether it really does help people quit smoking, whether it serves as a gateway to cigarettes, and whether the liquid formations have short- and long-term health effects.

You are invited to participate in the speed networking event to meet others interested in pursuing solutions to this public health crisis on Friday, September 20, 2019, from 2:15-4:45pm in C217 CPHB (College of Public Health). The afternoon’s agenda follows:

  • 2:15-2:30 pm: Introduction
  • 2:30-4:15 pm: Speed Networking
  • 4:15-4:45 pm: Mix and Mingle (appetizers and refreshments provided)

Target audience: Researchers from all disciplines interested in vaping, e-cigarettes, tobacco use, nicotine, smoking, or any other related topics.

The E-Cigarette/Vaping event aims to achieve the following:

  • Brainstorm potential multidisciplinary research collaborations around e-cigarette/vaping related topics
  • Identify potential research partnerships
  • Identify potential funding sources for e-cigarette/vaping research


Please click here to complete the registration survey. Registration deadline for the event is Friday, September 13, 2019.
Please note that due to the highly structured nature of speed networking, registration will be capped at 30 participants. 

Registration survey questions include:

  • Demographic information 
  • What is your interest in e-cigarette/vaping research?
  • What expertise are you looking for in a collaborator?
  • What expertise can you offer a research partner?
  • Upload a head shot and a biosketch (NSF or NIH format)

Funding Opportunities

E-Cigarette and Vaping Funding Opportunities (Pivot)

Tobacco use, Nicotine, Smoking Funding Opportunities (Pivot)


Check out additional e-cigarette/vaping activities in the fall including presentations by two visiting scholars on the College of Pubic Health vaping webpage.


Sponsored by:
OVPR Research Development Office, College of Public Health Research Office, and
Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy