Held in Cape Town, South Africa from March 7-9, 2018, the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCOTH) will feature several speakers from the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). A Panel discussion on Wednesday, March 7th, will include CTP Director Mitch Zeller who will address “The U.S. as an Example for Product Regulation.” Held once every three years, the WCOTH is the premier, international conference on tobacco control. More than 3,000 attendees, including tobacco control experts, researchers, scientists and policy makers, are expected to attend.
In remarks delivered late last month at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb continued to build the case for a policy that reduces nicotine to minimally or non-addictive levels in all cigarettes sold in the United States: “…we’ll solve the tobacco crisis by addressing the root issue of tobacco addiction: nicotine…. [we] could save millions of lives.” Dr. Gottlieb also revealed “…we have an article nearing publication that includes updated modeling statistics for the potential positive public health impact of such a standard… and the results are significant.”