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Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Presents SRNT Virtual Half-Day Conference: "Tobacco, Nicotine & COVID-19: Existing Science, Emerging Evidence & Future Research"

SRNT Virtual Half-Day Conference

Tobacco, Nicotine & COVID-19:

Existing Science, Emerging Evidence & Future Research

Thursday July 30, 2020

10 AM to 1 PM US EDT

2 PM to 5 PM UTC

Limited Seats--Register Now!

Note: if you’ve already registered for this conference, you’ll receive a confirmation in the next few days, as well as email reminders one day and one hour before the conference.

The SRNT Board of Directors is pleased to offer SRNT’s first virtual half-day conference. This is a new venture for SRNT that meets the Board’s goal of launching projects that will benefit the membership. We envision virtual conferences that are timely, comprehensive, and interactive, on scientific topics of that are of current import and need. These virtual conferences will not only support SRNT’s primary goal of dissemination of evidence-based tobacco and nicotine science, but also provide a new source of revenue to support and strengthen the Society’s future financial position.

Since the advent of the global COVID-19 pandemic, research has been rapidly instigated to understand the risk and protective factors for infection, severity of disease, and impact on a wide range of social and behavioral domains. SRNT’s first virtual half-day conference focuses on the potential role of tobacco and nicotine in this global pandemic. Presentations will address the science of tobacco as a risk factor for respiratory disease and the role of nicotine and tobacco as either increasing or decreasing severity of COVID-19 symptoms, and the impact of the pandemic on tobacco use behaviors and perceptions.

The speakers will answer questions and a separate discussion panel will provide participants ample opportunity for interaction. In addition to an overview of current scientific findings, panelists will address gaps in the science and priority research questions. The SRNT Board hopes that this half-day conference serves as a model for respectful discourse about this topic given that the science and data are continuing to evolve.


Neal Benowitz, MD

Emeritus Professor of Medicine

University of California San Francisco

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

SRNT Past President

Joseph N. Cappella, PhD

Gerald R. Miller Professor of Communication

Annenberg School for Communication

University of Pennsylvania

Geoffrey T. Fong, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS

Professor of Psychology and Public Health and Health Systems,

University of Waterloo

Senior Investigator, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Principal Investigator, International Tobacco Control Policy

Evaluation Project (ITC Project)

Olga Perski, PhD

Research Associate, Department of Behavioural Science and Health

Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care


Jonathan Samet, MD, MS

Dean and Professor

Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Kamran Siddiqi, MBBS, MRCP, MPH, FFPH, PhD

Professor in Public Health

University of York

Discussion Panel:

Timothy Baker, PhD

UW-CTRI Research Director and Professor of Medicine

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Pebbles Fagan, PhD, MPH


Director, Center for the Study of Tobacco

Department of Health Behavior and Health Education

Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health

Director of Research, Office of Health Initiatives and Disparities Research

Department of Surgery

College of Medicine and Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Andrea Villanti, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Psychiatry University of Vermont


Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD Professor of Psychiatry

Yale School of Medicine

SRNT President

Cathy L Backinger, PhD, MPH

Member, SRNT Board of Directors


Host Organization


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