Respond to 2 classmates -HIM 301 WK 3 Discussion 100 words each

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Electronic Cigarettes Scenario [WLOs: 1, 2, 6] [CLOs: 1, 2, 4, 5]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapters 12, 13, and 14 of Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach.

Using the scenario below respond to the discussion question provided to you by your instructor. Based on your Ashford University major of study (e.g., Health Information Management, Nursing, Health Administration, Health and Human Services or Public Health) analyze benefits and issues associated with these informatics systems and exchange of data in these settings. Specifically, formulate your response from the standpoint of a professional working at a community health center as part of an interdisciplinary team addressing the issue of young consumers and electronic cigarettes.


Health consumers of all ages, including youth, are engaging in the use of electronic cigarettes. Using information found at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Electronic Cigarettes (Links to an external site.) web page, analyze the CDC recommendations regarding persons age 18 and younger and the use of electronic cigarettes. The IT department of the community health center started the design of an informatics application to collect data on electronic smoking in youth consumers who visit the center. Their data intake form includes consumer identification and demographic information fields.

Imagine you are working on a team within your organization to further develop the overall design of this informatics application aimed at collecting data related to electronic cigarette use and youth consumers who visit the health center.

For your initial discussion post you will be drawing a data form picture using Microsoft Word drawing functions in order to build the data form and attach it to your referenced discussion post in the Canvas classroom. If you need assistance using Microsoft products, you can review Microsoft’s Office Help & Training (Links to an external site.) web page.


Please respond to the two classmates below, 100 words per response. Compare and contrast how your peers’ approach to the informatics solution proposed is alike or different than the approach you recommended in your major of study. What specific data and information does your major of study bring to the development of the informatics solution? Discuss how you would build consensus among your interdisciplinary team regarding the design of this application. Your initial post and responses to peers must be on three different days of the week.

Classmate # 1 Carla Stevenson

According to Mitchko, Lewis, Marynak, Shannon, Burnettr, & King, “Since 2014, e-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among US youth and in 2018, 3.6 million middle and high school students reported current use of e-cigarettes.” (2019, p, 955). The e-cigarettes and vape pens are common among the youth because they come in a variety of flavors and they can be smoked in the bathroom at home or school without being detected or smelling like smoke. About 40% of the population that use e-cigarettes have never smoked a regular cigarette, so they view the e-cigarette as harmless. The CDC stated, “E-cigarettes aerosol generally contain fewer toxic chemicals than the deadly mix of 7,000 chemicals in smoke from regular cigarettes.” (CDC, p. 2). The chemicals that are present is nicotine, that is highly addictive and other cancer causing agents. The main concern about the and tobacco based products is ingesting chemicals at a time when their brain is still developing. Due to the recent deaths of the youth connected to the vape pens and the fact that their brain is in the developmental phase until the mid 20’s, the U.S. government has increased the age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years of age.

The e-cigarette was developed to assist adult smokers as a quit smoking aid. There has been instances were the equipment has been defective starting fires when they are being charged and the e-cigarette has been responsible for nasty permanent scarring on the lips. There are so many things about the e-cigarette that is negative and it is harmful to your health. It is easier to target the younger population to quit smoking because most of them have not been smoking for a long time and many have not smoked regular cigarettes. Some authors expressed, “For kids who initiate on e-cigarettes there is a great chance of intensive use of cigarettes.” (Fairchild, Bayer, & Lee, 2019).

As a human service professional there is a need to include information about the environment the children are exposed to, there could be some correlation to children that are exposed to cigarette smoke at home, their socioeconomic status and/or education level. The form was designed to help challenge the social injustices that some people may encounter because of their ethnicity, income level or education. The information collected on the form allow many avenues to be researched.

References (Links to an external site.)

Fairchild, A.L., Bayer, R., & Lee, J.S. (2019). The E-Cigarette Debate. What Counts as Evidence? American Journal of Public Health, 109(7), 1000-1006. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)

Mithchko, J., Lewis, S., Marynak, K.L., Shannon, C., Burnette, D., & King, B.A. (2019). E-Cigarettes and Young People: Communication an Emerging Public Health Risk. American Journal of Health Promotion, 33(6), 955-957. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)

Classmate #2 Wilner Lubin

Week 3-Discussion


Many people or young people started smoking not because they have a reason for that, but it mostly happens due to peer pressure or to fit society. Nowadays, young people move to the next level of smoking which is the usage of electronic cigarettes and vaping, and these practices are not beneficial for them because it contributes to the destruction of their lives. To collect data on electronic smoking in youth consumers, multiples areas must be addressed. The first way to collect this information is via social media because young people do not spend time anymore in reading paper articles or journals. According to Genevieve et al. (2019) “To achieving the harmonization of health data, careful consideration needs to be given to already well-known as well as novel challenges related to the process of collection, sharing and linkage” (p. 3). Collection data can be challenged especially in young people’s population because most of them give more importance to entertainment activities than educational posts online; thus, it is important to analyze the data before including in the survey. “The importance of properly analyzing data and the impact of improper analyses on the validity of study results and their replicability are well documented” (Abulela et al. 2020, p. 2). It is crucial to analyze the data that will be included in the survey to convey young people’s attention.

Since the e-cigarettes can be used in most places, young people adhere to uncontrollable in abusing this substance. The initial introduction of this product was to help smokers to quit this habit, but it seems that this innovation escalates the rate of current smokers. According to Dave, Feng, & Pesko, (2019), the e-cigarettes entered the U.S. market in 2007, as an alternate form of cigarettes. Since its introduction, the demand for e-cigarettes is extremely elevated in the young population. From 2011 to 2015, its use has increased from 1.5% to 16% among high school students and from 0.6% to 5.3 % among middle school students surpassing cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product in the underage population (p. 1). As the demand for the use of e-cigarettes increases, the health care team must find some strategies to educate this young population of the danger that exits behind this habit. This campaign must include facts and data from the CDC and reliable sources that Highline the consequence of smoking and vaping and the benefits of involving in smoking cessation.


Abulela, M. A. A., & Harwell, M. M. (2020). Data analysis: strengthening inferences in quantitative education studies conducted by novice researchers. Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 20(1), 59–78.

Dave, D., Feng, B., & Pesko, M. F. (2019). The effects of E-cigarette minimum legal sale age laws on youth substance use. Health Economics, 28(3), 419–436.

Geneviève, L. D., Martani, A., Mallet, M. C., Wangmo, T., & Elger, B. S. (2019). Factors influencing harmonized health data collection, sharing, and linkage in Denmark and Switzerland: A systematic review. PloS One, 14(12), e0226015. (Links to an external site.)

Data Collection Table




E-cigarettes/ access to tobacco (describe)

Daily cost in dollars amount (describe)

Amount used per day (pk/day)

Smoker parents one both

Married yes No

Smoker partner yes no

Years of smoking

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