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Vaping in Louisiana (2020)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-01-22

Duration: 00:58:06

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Health | Electronic cigarettes | Vaping


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Plascia, Ronnie Interviewee
  • Moore, Tonia Interviewee
  • Brown, Falon Interviewee
  • Marcelle, Dawn Interviewee
  • Marsh, Maria Speaker
  • Champagne, Tim Speaker
  • Royal, Kenyatta Speaker
  • Nugent, Carter Speaker
  • Uzun, Brittany Speaker
  • Jory, Pete Speaker
  • Kilbride, Hunter Speaker
  • Edwards, Mia Speaker
  • Bordelon, Grace Speaker
  • Foster, Nicholas Speaker
  • Tietje, Danica Speaker
  • Stipe, Chrishelle Speaker
  • Clay, Leslie Speaker
  • Seghers, Bridget Speaker
  • Billioux, Alex Panelist
  • Hutton, Heather Panelist
  • Davis, Shelina Panelist
  • Brown, Falon Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 22, 2020, features Andre Moreau leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on vaping in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Ronnie Plascia of Big Chief Vapor Products; Tonia Moore of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living; Falon Brown, a senior at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication; and Dr. Dawn Marcelle of the Louisiana Department of Health. The audience members then share their thoughts on vaping among youth and adults. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Dr. Alex Billioux, the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health at the Louisiana Department of Health; Heather Hutton, the president of the Louisiana Vaping Association; Shelina Davis, the CEO of the Louisiana Public Health Institute; and Falon Brown, a senior at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. They discuss: whether vaping is a problem in Louisiana; vaping prevention campaigns for youth and young adults; enforcing the flavor ban on vaping products; the lung illnesses caused by illegal black market cartridges; the lack of long-term research on the effects of vaping; how the schools are combating teen vaping; vaping as a smoking cessation tool for adults; the resources available to schools to teach teens about the dangers associated with vaping; and the responsibility of the vaping industry in combating the youth vaping epidemic. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Andre Moreau