The news committee for the SRNT Treatment Network would like to welcome you to our inaugural "Treatment Hot Topics" newsletter. The vision of the committee is to summarize and effectively disseminate a quarterly newsletter that will contain breakthrough scientific and sociopolitical hot topics and how these affect treatment of tobacco use disorders. This month's newsletter focuses on smoking and special populations as well as novel smoking cessation treatments. These two pertinent topics were selected from a pool of topics of interests, which were requested by SRNT members on an online survey carried out by the SRNT Treatment network. Subsequent topics that will be covered in forthcoming newsletters will include e-cigarettes, updates in novel treatments, and policy issues, which affect nicotine/tobacco treatment and research.©The Author 2013.