HHS Region X Youth and Tobacco Town Hall Meeting
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
the Food and Drug Administration
Two simple facts tell us where to focus our efforts if we wish
to prevent hundreds of thousands of needless deaths each year:
- Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable and premature death in the United
States, killing an estimated 443,000 Americans each year; and
- Nearly all tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood.
Taken together, the imperative is clear: we must do all that we can to prevent adolescents
and young adults from initiating tobacco use, and help those who have begun to use
tobacco to quit. With this in mind, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
in partnership with state and local public health authorities and tobacco prevention
professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest, will hold a Youth and Tobacco
Town Hall Meeting on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington
on Thursday, June 14, 2012.
Three of our nation's top health leaders will join us in Seattle to launch this
important meeting. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will discuss
her recently released report, Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults.
Dr. Lawrence Deyton, Director, FDA Center for Tobacco Products,
will discuss the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and FDA’s action
agenda for tobacco product regulation. Dr. Timothy McAfee, Director,
CDC Office on Smoking and Health will discuss CDC’s work in this area, including
its national campaign to reduce tobacco use and the HHS Tobacco Control Strategic
Action Plan to End the Tobacco Epidemic.
This Town Hall–style meeting will be attended by public health professionals,
tobacco use prevention specialists, educators, advocates, policy makers and—importantly—young
people from around the Pacific Northwest. The overarching goal of the meeting is
to share information, tools, and best practices in tobacco use prevention, to enhance
existing efforts and to devise new strategies to help youth and young people resist
social and industry pressure to initiate tobacco use, or to end tobacco use if it
has already begun.
The specific goals of our Youth Tobacco Town Hall are:
- To help spread the word about the Surgeon General’s Report, Preventing Tobacco
Use among Youth and Young Adults
- To learn about new initiatives at the FDA to reduce the public health burden of
- To increase the already-considerable regional energy around efforts to prevent tobacco
initiation and reduce tobacco use among young people in the Pacific Northwest
- To 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.
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