Smokeless and non-combustible tobacco use is a rapidly-evolving public health threat requiring greater leadership, a shift in research and funding priorities, and local public action. Although many of the same public health interventions found to reduce cigarette use may also work to reduce smokeless and non-combustible tobacco use, no coherent strategy exists to help states and municipalities frame and address this important issue with confidence and success.

In recent years, smokeless and non-combustible tobacco has undergone a worrisome transformation through the introduction and marketing of “dissolvable tobacco” products – appealing to both smokers and children and e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, little is known about the health implications of these products already introduced to the public. Furthermore – research, knowledge and public awareness of the health implications of smokeless and non-combustible tobacco use lags, while the known dangers of these products continue to increase.

The Summit will allow attendees a variety of opportunities to connect with necessary resources; communicate with national, state and local leaders; and to act with greater confidence and success upon the unique challenges brought forth by smokeless and non-combustible tobacco use. It will serve as a motivating force for community action on this important, contemporary public health challenge.

This conference is coordinated by the Health Education Council

Our Theme

Mining for gold: Developing partnerships for new and lasting change.

Our Goals

Convene national experts, practitioners and advocates to increase understanding of the use of smokeless and other non-combustible tobacco products, its consequences, and strategies to reduce use; and broaden the coalition of organizations, agencies and individuals committed to reducing and eliminating the use of smokeless and other non-combustible tobacco products.

Our Objectives

1. Focus national attention on smokeless and other non-combustible tobacco product use as a critical public health issue.

2. Share promising practices, experiences, and recent research to accelerate the reduction of smokeless and other non-combustible tobacco use and its consequences.

3. Share current best practices and emerging strategies for oral health providers to utilize in their tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.

4. Address current challenges faced by prevention and cessation programs, including diminishing funding, integrating tobacco control and prevention within a variety of other health initiatives, and the need for expanded collaboration.

5. Integrate and increase health equity approaches to positively change community norms surrounding smokeless and non-combustible tobacco use in vulnerable populations.

6. Build a community of individuals who can share experiences and advocate for communities free from the toll of smokeless and non-combustible tobacco use.