Program Highlights From The 7th National Spit Tobacco Summit

7th National Spit Tobacco SummitI received an email the other day from the folks putting on the 7th National Spit Tobacco Summit which KillTheCan.org is a proud sponsor of!  I’ve had some questions on the forums about what the Summit will entail this year, who from the KTC team will be attending and if the show is open to the public.

The show is open to anyone who would like to attend, but there is a fee.  Full registration is $395 (prior to July 12th, 2013).  There are also one day fees ($125 per day) and student registration ($100) available.  Full details can be found on the Summit website.

We’re not quite sure exactly who will be attending from KTC, but the mod / admin team will be well represented with folks you’ll know from the forums.  There are quite a few other quitters who have expressed interest in attending – feel free to comment on this post to get plans together.

As for the agenda.  As I said before, I received an email from the Summit folks with some program highlights and I wanted to pass it along:

HOLIDAY INN PARKSIDE – Missoula, Montana

Monday, August 5, 2013

Conference Registration
Open from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Casual Reception
Gathering from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mix and mingle with your colleagues, Summit speakers, members of the Summit’s National Steering Committee and Spit Tobacco Advisory Board.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA – Missoula, Montana
University Center Ballroom
Tuesday, August 6 – Thursday, August 8

Just Announced — Tuesday’s Keynote Speaker
Pam Ling, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine University of California San Francisco
Dr. Ling studies tobacco industry marketing strategies targeting young adults, women, and other high risk population, and new smokeless tobacco marketing strategies. She also studies how to use tobacco industry marketing strategies to improve tobacco control programs. Pamela Ling is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, where she conducts research on tobacco, media, and social marketing to young people. Her work includes analyses of thousands of previously secret tobacco industry documents detailing marketing strategies targeting young adults, and translating the lessons learned to improve tobacco control efforts for young adults.

Tuesday, August 6 – Thursday, August 8

Concurrent Small Breakout Sessions
Expert presentations will be offered on topics covering:

  • Research & Dissemination of Findings
  • Policy and Environmental Change Solutions
  • Promising Practices in Community-Based Interventions
  • Youth Empowerment and Advocacy
  • Priority Population Interventions
  • Campus Based Interventions
  • Patient Education & Treatment
  • Employer-Sponsored Interventions
  • Dual Use
  • Harm Reduction
  • A Special Program for Dentists & Dental Hygienists offering CEU’s

Exhibits
Open throughout the Summit with 30-minute designated networking breaks each day.

Poster Sessions
Open daily with formal presentations scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6th.

Missoula Osprey Minor League Baseball Game
A Missoula summertime favorite in a tobacco-free stadium! Join your colleagues for a relaxing and entertaining evening. Family and friends are welcome. Remember to sign up on your registration form. First 750 fans to the game will receive complimentary Osprey Drawstring Backpacks. (Tuesday evening, August 6).

Experience Western Hospitality!
Western-Style BBQ (Wednesday, August 7) featuring entertainment, fun & games on UM’s scenic campus! Family members are welcome (remember to register for this evening event!) Traditional Native American Activities blended into the Summit activities compliments of Missoula’s neighboring Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation.

Physical Activity Options. Let’s Get Physical!
Remember to bring appropriate shoes and activity clothes to enjoy all these great options throughout the 3-day Summit!

  • Early Mornings/Lunch Break: Join a UM Fitness Guide at the Summit Registration Desk for a campus walk along the Kim William Trail (Riverside walk) or a group hike up the M on Mount Sentinel. 
  • Missoula Parks and Recreation will provide information and tips on local hikes, scenic walks, bike riding trails, etc.
  • The University Fitness Center will be open to Summit guests for a small daily fee – enjoy the weight room, indoor track, climbing wall, Griz pool, racquetball courts, etc. 

Closing Ceremonies
Cultural entertainment and presentations by guest speakers, Bruce Adkins, MD, PA, Director of the Division of Tobacco Prevention West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and Karla Sneegas, MPH, Branch Chief, CDC Office on Smoking and Health with the Summit officially adjourning at 12:30 p.m. (Thursday, August 8)

For more information visit the Summit Webpage at http://www.smokelesstobaccosummit.com/

I can tell you that we had a great time last year and met some outstanding people both on the conference floor as well as out and about in Austin.  I’m sure that Missoula will be no different.  We’re less than a HOF cycle away from this event (81 days as of today)… make your plans to get there!

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