April Conference Planned on Abuse Liability Assessment of Tobacco Products

In February plans were finalized for a conference entitled “Abuse Liability and Consumer Appeal of Tobacco Products: Science and Future Directions” to be held April 8-9.

In February plans were finalized for a conference entitled “Abuse Liability and Consumer Appeal of Tobacco Products: Science and Future Directions” to be held April 8-9.  The conference is another in a series spearheaded by the College on Problems of Drug Dependence focusing on different themes within the field of abuse liability assessment (e.g., methodology, product formulation).  The April conference will explore some of the unique challenges associated with the application of traditional abuse liability assessment methodology to tobacco products and Potential Reduced Exposure Products as outlined in a recent special issue on tobacco in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, including non-pharmacological determinants of use such as factors affecting consumer appeal and attractiveness.  As with previous meetings in this series, and to facilitate the production of a manageable set of recommendations, attendance at the conference is by invitation only.

This meeting will discuss the current science on methods for abuse liability assessment as could be applied to current and future tobacco products, make recommendations for assessing tobacco product abuse liability based on this review, and identify areas that require further inquiry.  The meeting will also make recommendations for assessing tobacco product appeal and attractiveness and how such information might be considered along with abuse liability assessment data in predicting potential real world patterns of use and addiction.  This conference and these recommendations are intended to be informative to the FDA in tobacco product regulation and also to NIH institutes for planning research that could support tobacco product regulation.  APA members Dorothy Hatsukami, Jack Henningfield and Ellen Peters served on the steering committee and along with Mitch Zeller and were the principal organizers.  The conference is being sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Cancer Institute, American Psychological Association, College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.