NIH News Release
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
National Cancer Institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 20, 2002
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NCI Press Office
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NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS:
National Cancer Institute Co-Hosts Third International Conference on Smokeless Tobacco

What: Scientists, researchers, educators, public health workers, and tobacco prevention and control advocates representing more than 28 countries will meet in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sept. 22-25, 2002, to present the latest research on smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco products can cause various cancers and non-cancerous oral conditions, and can lead to nicotine addiction. U.S. government surveys have found that approximately 12 percent of U.S. male high school students and 1 percent of U.S. female high school students are current users of smokeless tobacco, and 6 percent of men and 1 percent of women ages 18 and older are current users of chewing tobacco or snuff.

International experts will provide a global perspective of smokeless tobacco use, examine nicotine addiction and the health effects of smokeless tobacco, shed light on tobacco industry marketing and public perceptions, discuss regional and global interventions, and explore methods and policies for reducing risk or harm of tobacco use.

This third international conference is co-hosted by the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md.; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.; and the Centre for Tobacco Prevention, Stockholm, Sweden.

When: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, through Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002
Where: The meeting will take place at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Stockholm, Sweden. Additional information about the meeting is available at www.masimax.com/ISTC/welcome.htm. Daily summaries of the meeting will be posted on that Web site, as well.

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