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Registration for 5th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Now Open

Oshkosh, WI – Early-bird registration for the 5th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco is now open. The Summit is scheduled for Sept. 21–23, 2009, at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., and is the only national conference for professionals and advocates in prevention and cessation of smokeless tobacco use.

With a focus on youth issues, there are more than 40 specialized breakout sessions scheduled to take place during the Summit. A youth activism event, fun run/walk and trolley tour of Madison will also take place during the second day of the Summit.

The theme for this year’s program New Products, New Challenges and a New Generation of Advocacy, will feature Jack Henningfield as keynote speaker. Henningfield is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Henningfield brings 16 years of public service at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Many municipalities are going smoke-free and the tobacco industry is shifting strategies toward new and harmful smokeless tobacco products. New products, such as flavored dissolvable tobacco packets (“snus”), have recently been introduced into the market, constituting a new generation of nicotine delivery systems designed to appeal to a new generation of users.

The Summit is designed for local, state and federal tobacco prevention and control administrators, public health educators, health care professionals, school and youth-serving agencies, higher education staff, and students.

A preview of the full conference program is available to download at the website. To view the complete program or fee schedule or to register for the Summit, visit www.uwosh.edu/smokeless/registration.

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