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Tobacco Action Committee

Chair Frank T. Leone, MD, MS Philadelphia, PA
Vice Chair Harold J. Farber, MD, MSPH Houston, TX
Committee Member Kai-Hakon Carlsen, MD, PhD Oslo, Norway
Committee Member Michelle Eakin, PhD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Patricia A. Folan, RN, DNP Great Neck, NY
Committee Member - ATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA Chicago, IL
Committee Member Hasmeena Kathuria, MD Boston, MA
Committee Member Farzad Moazed, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member - ATS President-elect Marc Moss, MD Aurora, CO
Committee Member Alfred Munzer, MD Washington, DC
Committee Member Enid R. Neptune, MD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Smita Pakhale, MD, FRCPC, MSCE Ottawa, ON, Canada
Committee Member David P. Sachs, MD Palo Alto, CA
Committee Member Jonathan M. Samet, MD Los Angeles, CA
Committee Member Dona J. Upson, MD, MA Albuquerque, NM
Committee Member Dan Xiao, MD Beijing, China
Ex-Officio - Immediate Past President Atul Malhotra, MD La Jolla, CA
Staff Courtney L. White New York, NY
Staff Gary Ewart Washington, DC

The Tobacco Action Committee is charged with organizing and coordinating the ATS tobacco control activities. These activities will include research, clinical, educational, advocacy and policy activities with the ultimate goal of minimizing the impact of tobacco on morbidity and mortality worldwide. The committee will strive to enhance the ability of the ATS to participate more fully in the investigation of the root causes of tobacco use; treatment of nicotine dependence; and advocacy efforts to eliminate its use. The Committee will communicate and collaborate with similar committees or bodies in other organizations such as the Forum of International Respiratory Societies and the European Respiratory Society Tobacco Action and Control Committee.

Benchmarks, 2016-2017
• Complete the recently approved ATS position statement on tobacco harm reduction;
• Monitor the enforcement of the newly enacted federal legislation giving the FDA the authority to control tobacco and comment on its action through the ATS advocacy staff;
• Work with the ATS advocacy office, Chapters, and others in the ATS to reduce tobacco use in the USA and comment on the federal, state, and local levels;
• Complete staged distribution of the ATS Advocacy E-cigarette survey, analyze results, and prepare a brief summary of ATS member attitudes / needs for use in ATS advocacy activities.
• Identify opportunities to enhance resources and information on the ATS website to promote both tobacco control and reduction in tobacco use work with the Web Editor to implement these enhancements;
• Coordinate efforts with the Education Committee, Health Policy Committee, International Lung Health Committee, and Research Advisory Committee to identify opportunities for collaboration regarding tobacco control (education, advocacy and research both in the United States and globally) and strategies to reduce tobacco use;
• Identify potential activities for the ATS to be involved in that would gain funding for ATS or at least be revenue neutral concerning tobacco control and use reduction;
• Collaborate with the patient and family education committee to develop materials regarding the risks of smoking, e-cigarettes, and the potential benefits of smoking cessation techniques;
• Engage junior ATS members as ad-hoc volunteers for committee projects and activities.