Monroe County Legislator Justin Wilcox will host a series of public forums beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Brighton High School auditorium, 1150 S. Winton Road, Rochester, to discuss the public health risks associated with e-cigarettes and potential regulatory responses.

The hearing will include witnesses from the health care, research and smoking cessation communities and will address health consequences of vaping, the latest research on vaping among adolescents and which public policies are most effective at curbing negative effects.

Panelists will include Nancy Adams, executive director, American Academy of Pediatrics New York State chapter one; Edward Lewis, past president, American Academy of Pediatrics New York State chapter one; Scott McIntosh, associate director of the Smoking Research Program and director of the Center for a Tobacco-Free Finger Lakes; Annalisa Rogers, community engagement coordinator, Smoking and Health Action Coalition; and Katy Kuczek, Brighton Neighbors Against Vaping.

The Center for Disease Control reported over three million U.S. middle and high school students used electronic nicotine delivery systems in 2015. Electronic cigarette vendors are currently allowed to operate with less regulation than those who sell traditional tobacco products.

Wilcox drafted a local law directing the Monroe County Department of Health to promulgate rules requiring licensure for vape shops. The draft also prohibits electronic cigarettes on school grounds and vape shops from opening within a quarter mile of a school.