Call For Abstracts

7th National Smokeless & Spit Tobacco Summit

Empowering Advocates for the Next Frontier in Smokeless Tobacco”
August 6 – 8, 2013
The University of Montana – Missoula, Montana


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The National Steering Committee invites your participation in helping to advance leadership, research, and programs aimed at reducing the threat posed by the use of smokeless and spit tobacco products.  Currently, the Summit is the only national conference devoted to sharing the science and solutions on the smokeless tobacco problem.  The Summit will be held on the University of Montana campus and will provide an open forum to discuss a variety of key aspects which define the health and social implications of using smokeless and spit tobacco products. 


Deadline for Abstract Submissions:

Guidelines for Abstract Submissions:

  • On-line Abstract Submission System.  
  • Create an on-line profile to include basic contact information and a Presenter Bio.
  • Abstracts should address at least ONE of the main conference topic areas.
  • Abstracts should contain a TITLE, DESCRIPTION, a minimum of 3 LEARNING OBJECTIVES, and at least 1 RECOMMENDED ACTION participants can take post-conference as a result of attending the proposed session.
  • Recommended actions should indicate how the proposed/included content can be used by conference attendees to connect with necessary resources, communicate with priority populations and/or offer specific actions to be taken to more confidently address the smokeless and spit tobacco challenge.
  • Abstracts should be written in non-technical language, as practical.
  • The Abstract DESCRIPTION should be limited to 500 words or less.
  • Abstracts will be judged on originality, clarity of thought and writing, relevance to a main conference focus area, practical application, and timeliness.

Abstract Submissions Type:

The Conference Committee will accept abstract submissions of the following type:

1) Oral Presentation – Oral presentations should be of either 30, 60 or 75 minutes in length, and will be scheduled concurrently alongside other sessions.  Oral presentations should focus on a specific topic and offer, at a minimum, THREE of the following: information, group discussion, resources, prepared materials, mixed-media and/or Q & A opportunities. 

2) Poster Presentation – Poster presentations should efficiently communicate the benefits of research or a specific project or intervention.  Unlike the fast pace of a slide show or verbal presentation, a poster presentation allows viewers to study and restudy information and discuss it with the presenter one-on-one.  Poster presentations should combine text and graphics in a visually pleasing manner. The use of mixed-media is encouraged.  Presenters will be expected to attend their posters at designated times during the conference.  Presenters may also be required to give short presentations every ten or fifteen minutes. 

3) Special Session – A special session has a common topic or theme, may allow for multiple presenters and multiple perspectives, and may require a unique timeframe for proper execution. Examples of special sessions include panel presentations, debates, active forums, roundtable discussions, computer or technology-based trainings, etc.  Special sessions are encouraged and will be subject to the same review standards as oral presentations.  Special sessions will require unique collaboration between the Conference Committee and the proposer.

Main Conference Topic Areas:

Abstracts submitted for oral, poster and special sessions should address ONE of the following primary conference topics areas. Abstracts should focus on smokeless and spit tobacco topics, not tobacco in general (for example, no smoking or e-cigarette topics)

  • Policy & Environmental Change Solutions
    Examples: FDA product regulation, tax and price increases, point-of-sale restrictions, tobacco-free policies, harm reduction challenges
  •  Priority Population Interventions
    Examples: American Indian culturally-linked interventions, young adults, rural-socioeconomic focused interventions, organized sports initiatives, outdoor occupations, military focused interventions
  •  Patient Education & Treatment
    Examples: Patient education/treatment in dental and medical settings, pharmacologic-based tobacco cessation, tobacco cessation counseling, implications of tobacco company involvement in the cessation marketplace (e.g. Zonnic)
  •  Youth Empowerment & Advocacy
    Examples: School-based projects, youth leadership, community service, activism
  •  Research & Dissemination of Findings
    Examples: Emerging health risks, FDA product regulation, tobacco industry marketing, new tobacco products, smokeless tobacco cessation, dual use consequences, priority populations
  •  Campus & Employer-Based Interventions
    Examples: Higher education interventions, larger employers, outdoor occupations, military focused interventions
  •  Promising Practices in Community-Based Interventions
    Examples: Community outreach techniques, community participation strategies, research-focused interventions
  •  Communications & Social Marketing
    Examples: Use of social media formats, social marketing campaigns, media campaigns, media relations
  •  Program Management
    Examples: Program funding strategies and opportunities, advancing local, state, tribal and national leadership, program evaluation, data sources and how to use

Notification of Acceptance:

All abstracts will be reviewed by special subcommittee.  Selection criteria will be based on overall quality, originality, clarity of thought and writing, relevance to a main conference focus area, practical application, and timeliness.  Presenters will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract submissions on or before Thursday, March 7, 2013.  Presenters for each accepted abstract submission must register as a participant for the Summit by May 31, 2013.  Presenters are responsible for all conference expenses, including their registration and travel expenses.  The reduced registration fee for presenters is $150.  Presenters will be expected to present their abstract on the assigned date and time.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

All presenters will be required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest. To aid in the selection process, the committee will request prior knowledge of potential conflicts of interest by the speaker or an immediate family member who may be employed, contracted, funded or paid in any manner by a tobacco, nicotine, tobacco-related, or nicotine-related products company. Presenters will be asked to indicate their status with regard to potential conflicts of interest, and if a potential conflict exists, explain the nature of the conflict.

Terms of Agreement:

The following stipulations pertain to the 7th National Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Summit, to be held in Missoula, Montana during the period 6-8 August 2013. Upon notification of acceptance of abstract, presenters must register as a participant of the conference by May 31, 2013.   A reduced registration fee of $150 is offered to presenters.  The Conference Committee, by accepting an abstract, is not responsible to pay any expenses (travel, lodging or per diem) associated with presenting an individual or joint authored presentation. Authors and presenters agree to present their submissions on the time and date identified by and agreed to with the Conference Committee. Presenters are expected to provide sufficient quantities of handout materials for session attendees. No sales are authorized at workshops – however, items may be sold through exhibit booths.

Please contact Mikel Robinson at (406) 546-8584 or if you have any questions.

Click here to submit your abstract.