VIRGINIA FORUM ON YOUTH TOBACCO USE: TRANSLATING
RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE AND POLICY
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Please mark your calendars for the sixth triennial Virginia Forum on Youth Tobacco Use: Translating Research into Practice and Policy. This conference will be held in Richmond, VA at the Delta Marriot Richmond Downtown on March 21-22, 2018.
The past few years seen dramatic changes in the tobacco control field that will affect the prevention of youth tobacco use for decades to come. For example:
1. Via the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the Food and Drug Administration has been moving forward with the regulation of tobacco products;
2. The FDA, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, established 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (including Virginia Commonwealth University) to conduct cutting edge research to inform tobacco regulation; these Centers are now in their fifth year of funding and have produced research that can inform tobacco control policy;
3. A wide variety of new tobacco products have been introduced with unknown health effects; and
4. E-cigarettes have seen extraordinary growth in popularity among young people and may be a new threat to curbing youth tobacco use.
Given the quickly changing landscape of youth tobacco control, it is essential that we continue to bring together the tobacco prevention practice, policy and research communities to share information that will inform future efforts in each area. The Virginia Forum on Youth Tobacco Use will address this need.
At our next conference we will have presentations on the latest developments related to tobacco regulation at the national level, findings from several Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science, groundbreaking research on the effects of menthol and other flavorings, new information on risk communication approaches, as well as the research behind evidence-based prevention programs, and research on how to prevent tobacco use among high risk youth. These and other topics will be addressed by panels of national and international experts, while providing conference attendees many opportunities for discussion. Please join us for what has always been an informative and exciting opportunity to help advance our efforts to prevent the use of tobacco products by our youth.
The Virginia Forum on Youth Tobacco Use is conducted by the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects Research Coalition. The VYTP Research Coalition includes researchers from VCU, the University of Virginia, James Madison University, Virginia Tech, the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Virginia State University. The VYTP is funded by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, created by the General Assembly in 1999 to distribute part of the money Virginia receives from tobacco product manufacturers under the Master Settlement Agreement.