“Of Surgeons General and Cowboys: Driving Progress through Plateaus and Snake Pits”

Reserve your place at the 8th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco (NSST)

The 8th NSST will take place at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque in New Mexico!

April 18-20, 2016

Crowne Plaza Albuquerque

1901 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Download detailed schedule HERE!

Keynote Speakers

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this national conversation on smokeless and spit tobacco at the hand of our keynote speakers:

Mitch Zeller, J.D.
FDA Center for Tobacco Products

Kathleen Crosby
Director, Office of Health Communication and Education
FDA Center for Tobacco Products

Smokeless Doesn’t Mean Harmless: FDA Premieres New Smokeless Tobacco Use Prevention Campaign for Rural Youth

Mitch Zeller, J.D., Director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), and Kathleen Crosby, Director of CTP’s Office of Health Communication and Education, will discuss the FDA’s new smokeless tobacco use prevention campaign under The Real Cost brand. The campaign targets boys who live in rural areas and are most at risk for smokeless tobacco initiation, and seeks to educate them about the dangers of the product. Zeller and Crosby will share insights about the target audience and describe the creative development of this campaign, which builds on the successes of the FDA’s other public education campaigns.

Herb Severson, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Oregon Research Institute


While 1984 is a classic novel by George Orwell predicting a very scary future it is also the year that the first and only Surgeon General report was published that focused on smokeless tobacco.  The presentation will revisit this Surgeon General report and review the progress we have made in preventing and treating smokeless tobacco addiction. Based on the review of the past 40 years Dr. Severson will use this opportunity to predict the future of smokeless tobacco research, treatment and trends for use and abuse of oral tobacco products.

Who Should Attend:

  • Local, state and federal tobacco prevention and control administrators
  • Tobacco program staff
  • Public health educators and policy professionals
  • Health care professionals and providers including physicians, nurses and clinic managers
  • Tobacco treatment specialists
  • Scientists
  • Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants
  • Higher education staff
  • Students
  • School and youth-serving agencies and youth advocates

Summit General Schedule

Monday – April 18: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tuesday – April 19: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wednesday – April 20: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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