AEI to Host June 25 Conference on Smokeless Tobacco

Published June 24, 2003

On Wednesday, June 25, 2003, the American Enterprise Institute will host an afternoon conference addressing the topic “Can Smokeless Tobacco Reduce the Health Consequences of Smoking?”

The program begins with registration at 1:15 p.m. and will adjourn at 4:00 p.m. It will be held in the Wohlstetter Conference Center on the 12th floor of the American Enterprise Institute’s offices at 1150 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Nearly four decades after the 1964 surgeon general’s report on smoking and health, almost 25 percent of adults in America still smoke. The current surgeon general says smoking kills over 400,000 Americans every year. He also indicates there is no evidence smokeless tobacco–which is no longer chewing tobacco as is commonly believed, but a modern product placed inside the cheek and used much like a breath mint–is safer than cigarettes.

Is smokeless tobacco in fact a tool used for recruiting new smokers, for keeping current smokers from quitting, or does it wean smokers away from more harmful tobacco use? Three experts will summarize the latest research on the effects of smokeless tobacco.

AEI resident scholar Sally Satel will discuss the politics of harm reduction and AEI resident scholar John E. Calfee–who helped regulate tobacco advertising at the Federal Trade Commission in the 1980s and has written widely on tobacco and public policy–will moderate the discussion.

1:15 p.m. Registration

1:30 p.m. Panelists:

  • Jerome Jaffe, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Lynn Kozlowski, Pennsylvania State University (invited)
  • Brad Rodu, University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • Sally Satel, American Enterprise Institute

Moderator: John E. Calfee, American Enterprise Institute

4:00 Adjournment

For more information …

Contact the Health Policy Studies department of the American Enterprise Institute, 1150 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202-862-5865
Fax: 202-862-7177
Email: [email protected]