The 22nd Annual Duke Nicotine Research Conference will be Thursday October 13 in Durham, NC at the Durham Convention Center. Our theme is E-Cigarettes: Science, Policy & Clinical Practice. On this topic, we have an outstanding group of speakers from both academia & private industry:
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have received increasing attention in recent years as potential tools for smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction. While there is a great deal of new knowledge being discovered pertaining to the therapeutic potential of this new technology, information has also become available about possible risks from an individual or population perspective. Some studies suggest that e-cigarettes may be more effective than traditional forms of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for helping people to reduce their smoke intake. However, many questions and issues need to be addressed in order to exploit the full potential of this new technology to reduce the enormous public health impact of cigarette smoking. These issues will be addressed in a daylong conference, including presentations from an international group of leading experts revealing the latest research findings. Topics will include: the use of e-cigarettes to promote smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction; potential health risks of vaping; epidemiology of e-cigarette use; the role of flavors in affecting nicotine intake; brain pharmacokinetics of nicotine inhaled from e-cigarettes; and regulatory policies affecting e-cigarettes. Formal presentations will be followed by a round table discussion. The conference will be relevant to clinicians, government officials, industry, academia, and other organizations interested in tobacco and health. Attendees will come away from this conference with an up-to-date understanding of the status of knowledge in this important and rapidly developing field.