Workshop and policy panel on alternative nicotine delivery systems

This grant provides support to conduct a two and one-half day scientific workshop and convene a policy panel on alternative nicotine delivery systems to reduce the harm caused by tobacco. The meeting will gather experts from the fields of tobacco control, harm reduction, public health policy, clinical medicine, epidemiology, toxicology, pharmacology, and bioethics. The workshop will be followed by a meeting of a policy committee comprised of researchers and policy makers who will begin the task of developing policy recommendations based on the workshop. A subsequent meeting of this committee will take place to review and finalize the report. The purpose of this project is to inform policy makers regarding the science and public health implications associated with alternative nicotine delivery systems. The committee will focus on the following issues: (1) the likely public health impact of alternative nicotine delivery systems and similar products; (2) the appropriateness, risks, and benefits of harm reduction as a tobacco control strategy; and (3) the various policy options for policy makers, including potential regulatory options for alternative nicotine delivery systems and similar products. The focus of the committee will be on defining the different perspectives and options related to this issue and assessing the likely impact of different approaches, as well as defining where gaps in knowledge exist, rather than reaching consensus or making specific policy recommendations. The committee will base its conclusions primarily on this co-sponsored scientific workshop and will produce a report that focuses on the public health policy implications of this issue for dissemination to government agencies, other policy makers, and researchers. Two simultaneous press conferences will be held in Washington, D.C., and Toronto, Ontario, in the fall of 1997 in order to reach the larger community and promote public discussion.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $197,884.00

Awarded on: 12/13/1996

Time frame: 1/1/1997 - 12/31/2000

Grant Number: 30691

Grantee

American Society of Addiction Medicine, Inc.

4601 North Park Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815-4520

301-656-3920