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HHS REGION X YOUTH and TOBACCO TOWN HALL: University of Washington, Kane Hall Seattle, Washington June 14, 2012


HHS Region X Youth and Tobacco Town Hall Meeting

sponsored by:

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:

  1. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable and premature death in the United States, killing an estimated 443,000 Americans each year; and

  2. 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 tobacco products
  • 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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