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HHS Youth and Tobacco Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, June 13, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Note information below on the Department of Health and Human Services Youth and Tobacco Town Hall meeting, scheduled for tomorrow (June 14) at 9:00 am PST in Seattle, Washington. The morning segment will be webcast. The program features an excellent team of presenters including Dr. Benjamin, Dr. Deyton, and Dr. McAfee.

Also, note this interesting Altarum Institute blog discussing how there is significant opportunity in the use of mobile devices and social media to address the challenges facing the public’s health.

Finally, here are two new tobacco-related abstracts from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine:

1. Medicaid Coverage and Utilization of Covered Tobacco-Cessation Treatments: The Arkansas Experience

2. Healthcare Costs Around the Time of Smoking Cessation

Live Web Streaming Event:
HHS Region X Youth and Tobacco Town Hall Meeting:

Please join the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, as well as health experts and advocates from throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the country, for our HHS Region X Youth and Tobacco Town Hall Meeting! The morning part of the day-long program will be webcast on June 14, 2012, from 9:00AM – 11:45AM PST, from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

· To participate via live Web streaming, select this link at the time of the webcast:

· We also invite you to provide comments via Twitter, using the hashtag: #PNWtobacco.

Complete information about the full day’s program and agenda is at The program will feature:

· Dr. Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States

· Dr. Lawrence Deyton, Director, FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

· Dr. Timothy McAfee, Director, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health

· Youth from the Northwest Talking with the Surgeon General on How to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Young People

· Panels on Tobacco-Free Campuses, American Indian/Alaska Native Youth and Commercial Tobacco Use, and Alternative Forms of Tobacco Use

Our goals for the HHS Region X Youth and Town Hall Meeting are to:

· Help spread the word about the Surgeon General’s Report, Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults;

· Learn about new initiatives at FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products to reduce the public health burden of tobacco products;

· Increase the already-considerable regional energy around efforts to prevent tobacco initiation and reduce tobacco use among young people in the Pacific Northwest; and

· Provide an opportunity for advocates and experts working in this field to share experiences, solutions, and ideas for further reducing tobacco initiation and use among young people.

The HHS Region X Youth and Tobacco Town Hall Meeting is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products and was developed through a vibrant partnership with:

The Washington State Department of Health

The Oregon Health Authority

The Alaska Department of Health and Welfare

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

The American Indian Health Commission of Washington State

The Portland Area Indian Health Board

Public Health Seattle and King County

The University of Washington, School of Public Health

The University of Oregon

The American Institutes for Research

Source: David Zauche, Senior Program Officer, Partnership for Prevention, ActionToQuit - Advancing Tobacco Control Policy

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