Trans-Atlantic Conference on Tobacco
The Trans-Atlantic Conference on Tobacco was a group of health care professionals at Cambridge University in England and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The group met periodically to discuss developments in tobacco policy, research, and prevention/treatment strategies. TACT was initiated and organized by Sean David, a resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the developer of the HealthStart program.
The Institute's technology team offered its support to TACT by hosting and managing a website and Java-based text communications system for the group. The Converse system - an improved version of traditional "chat" software -- was written in-house and can allow more than 200 users to interact simultaneously on the Institute's server.
Given recent controversies over tobacco policy and the Congressional deliberations on the matter, TACT was especially active and productive until its successful conclusion this spring. It is the hope of the Koop Institute that health care professionals on both sides of the Atlantic can continue to use technology and communication to decrease tobacco usage in our own countries and in the world.