Youth and Tobacco Town Hall: Involving Young People in Preventing the Use of Tobacco

By: Jenny Haliski, M.A.

This morning, FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products Director Lawrence Deyton, M.D., M.S.P.H., is participating in a Youth and Tobacco Town Hall Meeting in Seattle, Washington. He’ll be joining U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., other public health leaders, and youth from across the Pacific Northwest to discuss FDA’s action agenda for tobacco product regulation.

VADM Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, Surgeon General, USPHS greeting (from left to right) Dr. Lawrence Deyton, director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products; Howard Frumkin, DrPH, MPH, MD, AB, Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, Washington, and moderator of the panel on Tobacco Free Campuses; and Kate Cole, MPH, coordinator of the Tobacco Studies Program at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, and moderator and panel chair for the conversation with the Surgeon General, “Young People’s Thoughts on Reducing Tobacco Use.”

View photos from the event on FDA’s Flickr
View archived webcast of the Youth and Tobacco Town Hall Meeting

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., responsible for more than 443,000 deaths each year. Nearly all tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood. The day-long event brings together tobacco prevention leaders, policy makers, advocates and—most importantly—young people from around the region.  Participants will be sharing tools and best practices in tobacco use prevention, discussing existing efforts, and devising new strategies to help youth resist pressures to start using tobacco.

This town hall is part of the broader effort on the part of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services to prevent children from starting to use tobacco and to help current tobacco users quit. The goals for the town hall meeting are to:

  • Help spread the word about the Surgeon General’s Report, Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults;
  • Learn about new initiatives at the FDA to reduce the public health burden of tobacco products;
  • Increase the already-considerable regional energy around efforts to prevent tobacco initiation and reduce tobacco use among young people; and
  • 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.

Watch the live webcast and follow along on Twitter!

  • Beginning at 12 p.m. EDT on June 14, join the live webcast of two plenary sessions with Dr. Deyton and other public health officials, and a conversation between the Surgeon General and youth.
  • Follow @FDAtobacco on Twitter and participate using the hashtag #PNWtobacco

Find out more about the event and view the agenda. Help spread the word!

Jenny Haliski, M.A., is a Press Officer in the Office of the Commissioner, Office of Public Affairs, who works with the Center for Tobacco Products.