Vaping researcher and epidemiologist Dr. Jessica Barrington-Trimis, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California, will headline the first 2020 Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Community Lecture, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Wolf Education and Training Center at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 540 W. Pueblo St., Santa Barbara.

Dr. Barrington-Trimis will share information from her latest study on vaping: What about vaping appeals to youth; what makes some children more susceptible to using e-cigarettes; and how marketing has affected usage.

Her research focuses on the rapidly changing tobacco, alternative tobacco, and cannabis landscape. This fall, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article on her study involving teens’ vaping product preferences.

Dr. Warren Suh, radiation oncologist at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, will introduce Dr. Barrington-Trimis.

Attendees can park in the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center parking garage. The event is free but reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, call 805-879-5698 or email

The event is part of Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Community Lectures which aim to inform and educate the public on topics related to cancer care and cancer prevention. Upcoming lectures include discussions on Managing Taste & Smell Problems: Why Does My Food Taste Different? (Feb. 20); Personalized Medicine: Redefining Cancer Treatment (March 26); Countering Chemo-Brain: Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment (April 23); and Advances in Melanoma and Skin Cancer Prevention (May 28).

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Community Lectures are co-sponsored by the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, the Cancer Center’s fundraising partner. For more information and a list of all the lectures, visit or call 805-879-5698.

— Nicole Young for Ridley-Tree Cancer Center at Sansum Clinic.