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Summit focuses on oral health effects of smokeless tobacco

July 20, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

Sacramento, Calif. — Dental professionals with an interest in tobacco prevention and cessation efforts are invited to the 9th National Summit on Smokeless Tobacco here Oct. 16-18.

Advocates, experts and practitioners will gather to increase understanding of the use of smokeless and other noncombustible tobacco products — such as chewing tobacco, snuff and dissolvable products — and strategies to reduce its use.

Dr. Scott Tomar, department of community dentistry and behavioral science professor and chair at the University of Florida, has attended the summit in past years.

"Dentists are in an excellent position to intervene in the use of smokeless tobacco," said Dr. Tomar, whose research interests include tobacco use and its effects on oral health.  "In most cases, young people are more likely to see a dentist than any other health care provider in a given year. Dentists can point out clinical changes caused by smokeless tobacco use, which is one of the most effective motivators for behavior change."

 The summit "will allow attendees a variety of opportunities to connect with 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," according to the conference website.

The event is coordinated by the Health Education Council, a California-based nonprofit that promotes health and chronic disease prevention in underserved communities.

For more information about the summit or to register, visit SmokelessSummit.org.