CECILIA KINDSTRAND-ISAKSSON, SWEDEN Cecilia Kindstrand is Director of Public Affairs for Swedish Match, a company with tobacco harm reduction at the core of its business. The company divested its cigarette business in 1999 and is now offering products that are recognized as safer alternatives to cigarettes. She is based in Brussels and has worked extensively with the EU regulatory matters, especially the TPD 2014/40 a legislation banning the ‘proof of concept’ of tobacco harm reduction in 26 of the 27 Member States.
Angeles Muntadas-Prim Lafita
Ángeles Muntadas-Prim chairs the Spanish Association Supporting Vapers (ANESVAP). Formed in 2014, ANESVAP is the only association
in Spain defending vapers’ rights. ANESVAP is also a founding member of INNCO, and she serves on INNCO’s Governing Board. She’s cofounder/organizer of the THR Summit Spain (2018), which gathered tobacco harm reduction experts from around the world. She has been
instrumental in promoting the Tobacco Harm Reduction Platform in Spain (2019) for doctors and scientists and in the creation of AHL
Provape, a network of organisations in Latin America focused on vaping and THR. She meets with various politicians, medical associations, and media and also attends various events and political rallies in order to ensure that consumers are represented.
Konstantinos Farsalinos, MD, MPH is a physician and senior researcher at the University of Patras and the School of Public Health-University of West Attica in Greece. His field of expertise is Public Health. He has been conducting laboratory, clinical and epidemiological research on smoking, tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarettes as principal investigator since 2011. He authored the first systematic review on e-cigarette safety/risk profile, published in 2014. Additionally, he has performed research and published studies on heated tobacco products. His findings have been presented in major international scientific congresses and his studies were used in preparing the regulatory framework on e-cigarettes by the European Union. As of mid-2020, he has published more than 90 studies and articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals about smoking, tobacco harm reduction and alternative-to-smoking nicotine products. He was the handling editor and author of a book titled "Analytical assessment of e-cigarettes", published by Elsevier in 2017. In November 2020, he was declared a Highly Cited Researcher 2019 by the Web of Science, a list of researchers (6200 scientists out of 9 million examined) with the highest impact in global science in 21 scientific fields in the past decade. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has published 6 peer-reviewed studies and several pre-prints about the COVID-19, including the association between smoking, nicotine and COVID-19.