Join a diverse number of stakeholders—public health advocates, researchers, manufacturers, lawyers,consumer interests, entrepreneurs, governmental agencies and others—for this two-day conference on effectively regulating the broad spectrum of tobacco and nicotine products in the U.S. and globally. Hear from FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products Director, Mitch Zeller, to learn about the latest updates on regulations, guidance documents, and other initiatives. The conference will also include a number of timely tobacco and nicotine issues that will allow for interactive dialogues between the panelists and audience.

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Are You New to Tobacco Products?

Add the one-day training course, Introduction to US Tobacco Law and Regulation, to your conference registration to gain a comprehensive overview of the laws and regulations affecting the tobacco products industries and save $100 off the combined fees.

To ensure that FDLI is able to provide you with a seat, materials, and meals, please register for programs at least 48 hours in advance. While onsite registration is available on a “space-available” basis; late registrants are not guaranteed materials or meals.

You can transfer your registration to another person at your organization for no cost by notifying us of the change. If you notify FDLI in writing at least five business days prior to the meeting, you can cancel your registration for a full refund (less a $75 fee). Refunds will be applied against the original form of payment.  

Our event policies are listed here. If you should have any further questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 800-956-6293.

Last Year’s Agenda


A preliminary agenda for 2018 will be announced in June. If you would like to be notified, please let us know.

Thursday, October 26

8:15 – 9:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00–9:05 AM
FDLI Welcome
Amy Comstock Rick
, President & CEO, FDLI

9:05–9:45 AM
Keynote Address
Mitchell R. Zeller
, Director, CTP, Office of Medical Products and Tobacco, FDA

9:45–10:30 AM
Reactor Panel
Panelists will respond to Director Zeller’s comments regarding FDA’s July 28th announcement of FDA’s new plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation; public health challenges related to tobacco use, particularly cigarettes; and limitations under the current Tobacco Control Act.

Brittani Cushman, Vice President, External Affairs, Turning Point Brands, Inc.
James E. Dillard, Senior Vice President, Research, Development and Sciences, Chief Innovation Officer, Altria Group, Inc.
David Dobbins, Chief Operating Officer, Truth Initiative
Mitchell R. Zeller, Director, CTP, Office of Medical Products and Tobacco
Moderated by Scott Ballin, Tobacco and Health Policy Consultant

10:30–11:00 AM
Coffee and Networking Break

11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Pros and Cons of Very Low Nicotine Cigarettes as a Public Health Strategy
On July 28th, FDA announced that it will “begin a public dialogue about lowering nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes to non-addictive levels through achievable product standards.” Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of such a strategy and whether there may be ways to mitigate any unintended consequences, such as by encouraging innovation and simultaneously making more science-based reduced risk products available to smokers.

Clive Bates, Director, Counterfactual Consulting Limited
Eric C. Donny, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Henry Sicignano, President, CEO & Director, 22nd Century Group, Inc.
Moderated by Raymond Niaura, Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, NYU College of Global Public Health, New York University

12:00–1:15 PM
Luncheon Address
Derek Yach, Founder and President-Designate of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

1:15–1:30 PM

1:30–2:15 PM
PMTA/MRTP Processes, Product Standards, and Other Options
Speakers will discuss how best to regulate tobacco, nicotine, and alternative products using the concept of the continuum of risk. Do these processes stifle or promote innovation and competition and what are the implications for small businesses? Can these processes be streamlined to better serve both public health needs and the needs of manufacturers?

Bryan M. Haynes, Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
Michael Hufford, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Behavioral Science, and Innovation, Pinney Associates, Inc.
Patricia Kovacevic, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Nicopure Labs LLC, Member of the Vapor Technology Association Board
Moderated by James M. Solyst, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Swedish Match North America

2:15–3:00 PM
Risk Communications: Getting Truthful Information to the Public, Consumers, and Other Stakeholders
During this session, speakers will discuss on how truthful, accurate, and non-misleading information about the risks and relative risks of tobacco, nicotine, and alternative products is transmitted to consumers. What is the role of FDA, other governmental agencies, public health community, and manufacturers?

John Hughes, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychological Science and Family, University of Vermont
Lynn T. Kozlowski, Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior, University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions
Donna Vallone, Chief Research Officer, Truth Initiative
Moderated by David Sweanor, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

3:00–3:30 PM
Coffee and Networking Break

3:30–4:15 PM
Developing a Multi-Stakeholder Transparent Scientific Research Effort
How can communications, collaboration, priority setting, and peer review involving a spectrum of stakeholders, which includes trade associations; manufacturers; academic institutions; and FDA and other governmental agencies such as the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) with a goal of better science to benefit all, be improved?

Charles Garner, Vice President-Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Reynolds American Inc. Services Company (RAISC)
Scott J. Leischow, Professor, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University and Editor-in-Chief, Tobacco Regulatory Science.
Kathleen Stratton, Scholar, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Moderated by David Abrams, Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, NYU College of Global Public Health, New York University 

4:15–5:00 PM
Substantial Equivalence: Is it in Need of a Tune-up or Modification?
Determining when and if products are substantially equivalent to existing products on the market will be discussed. Are the current requirements excessively burdensome? Does FDA have the resources? Can changes be made that will make the process more workable and flexible without compromising public health goals?

Katherine Ciambrone, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Vice President, ITG Brands
Desmond Jenson, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, Public Health Law Center
Barry Schaevitz, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Moderated by Stacy Ehrlich, Partner, Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker, LLP and Member, FDLI Board of Directors

5:00–6:30 PM  
Networking Reception

Friday, October 27

8:30–9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:55 – 9:00 AM
FDLI Welcome
Paige Samson, Assistant Director, Educational Programs

9:00–10:00 AM 
Where are the Large Domestic and International Tobacco Companies Headed?
Hear from high-level representatives from the tobacco industry who produce cigarettes and a spectrum of reduced risk or next generation products. They will also share their views and perspectives about the future regulatory landscape in the US and globally.

Marc Firestone, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Philip Morris International, Inc.
Ian Jones, Vice President, Reduced-Risk Products, Japan Tobacco International
Mitchell A. Neuhauser, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, RAI Services Company
Joe Murillo, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Altria Client Services LLC
Fredrik Peyron, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Group Communications, Swedish Match
Moderated by Eric Lindblom, Director, Tobacco Control and Food & Drug Law, O’Neill Institute for Global and National Health Law, Georgetown University

10:00–10:45 AM 
Multi-Stakeholder Panel
The reactor panel will ask questions, get clarification, and even make suggestions about where they believe the industry should be headed, from their perspectives, and what their responsibilities are.

Tony Abboud, Executive Director, Vapor Technology Association
Greg Conley, President, American Vaping Association
David Levy, Professor, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University
Matthew Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Moderated by Eric Lindblom, Director, Tobacco Control and Food & Drug Law, O’Neill Institute for Global and National Health Law, Georgetown University

Coffee and Networking Break

11:15 AM–12:15 PM 
The Future of Deeming Regulations: Policy and Litigation  
Panelists will engage in discussions about the future of the Deeming regulations, including issues pertaining to litigation, regulations, legislation, and the pros and cons of extending the implementation dates to 2021 and 2022. Attention will also be given to the appropriate uses of flavorings in both e-cigarettes and cigars and how we can ensure that children and youth are not being encouraged to use such products.

Cynthia Cabrera, President, The Cating Group
David Clissold, Partner, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, PC
Dennis Henigan, Director, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Kathleen Hoke, Professor & Director, Network for Public Health Policy, University of Maryland Law School
Moderated by Azim Chowdhury, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP

12:15–1:15 PM
Networking Lunch

1:15–1:30 PM 

1:30–2:30 PM 
Engaging with FDA: Communications and Relationships
Given the relative newness of FDA’s tobacco products authority, often times, there can be more questions than answers. This panel will explore best practices for engaging with the Agency, examine how (if possible) to obtain authoritative guidance from FDA in a timely manner, and discuss how relationships between regulators and industry can be improved.

Jonathan Havens, Associate, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Nathan Hurley, CTP Ombudsman, FDA
Marc Scheineson, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
Valerie Briggs Solomon, Managing Counsel, R&D and Regulatory, Reynolds American, Inc. Services Company (RAISC)
Moderated by Dean Cirotta, President & CEO, EAS Consulting Group, LLC

2:30–3:30 PM 
How Might Lessons Learned from the US Inform Regulatory Development in Other Countries?
Given that issues related to tobacco, nicotine, and alternative products regulation are global in scope, panelists will discuss how US policy might serve as a roadmap for both developed and developing countries, and benefits and challenges in using the US as a roadmap.

Germana Barba, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Philip Morris International, Inc.
Jeannie Cameron, Founder and Managing Director, JCIC International
Nilesh Jain, Founder and MD, iVape.in
Moderated by Delon Human, President, Health Diplomats

3:30 PM
Conference Adjournment

2018 Planning Committee

David Abrams, New York University
Scott Ballin, Independent Consultant
Donald Becker, Turning Point Brands, Inc.
Dean R Cirotta, EAS Consulting Group, LLC
Azim Chowdhury, Keller and Heckman LLP
Marc Firestone, Philip Morris International
Carole Folmar, ITG Brands
Robyn Gougelet, Pinney Associates, Inc.
Bryan M. Haynes, Troutman Sanders LLP
Dennis Henigan, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Kathleen Hoke, University of Maryland Law School
Eshael Johnson, FDA – CTP
Jose Murillo, Altria Client Services LLC
Ray Niaura, New York University
Elizabeth Oestreich, Greenleaf Health, Inc.
Valerie Solomon, RAI Services Company
Donna Vallone, Truth Initiative

Continuing Legal Education

FDLI applies for CLE credits in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. These CLE approvals may also be honored by other states; please check with your bar association for guidance. The CLE credits will be posted as they are granted and you can request to be notified when approval is received.

Location and Overnight Accommodations

Conference Location

The National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

Overnight Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the JW Marriott Hotel, located in walking distance of the conference location. Reservations can be made online. The group rate is $339/night. Reservations must be received by September 20, 2018 in order to receive the group rate. After this date, rooms will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

Driving, Parking, and Public Transportation

The National Press Club is closest to the Metro Center stop 13th Street exit. There are several public parking garages nearby. Detailed metro, driving, and parking information can be found here.

Please contact the Conference Department with any accessibility requirements or dietary restrictions, or for other questions.