12 JUNE 2024

Pre-conference meetings, Wednesday

11:00 - 12:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Fiona Patten

Fiona Patten

14:00 - 16:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

The General Assembly for the International Network of Consumer Organisations (INNCO). For information about this meeting please contact INNCO directly, at info@innco.org

13 JUNE 2024

Day 1, Thursday

09:00 - 09:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

  • What does the current evidence tell us about the potential health and economic benefits of safer nicotine products?
  • How should we weight this evidence?
  • What more do we need to know, what is the prognosis for the future and what are the short and long-term costs of different policy alternatives?
  • How might legislators and regulators balance health and economic imperatives to achieve positive outcomes?
  • What factors might make for an effective legislative and regulatory framework?
  • How should future progress be monitored, and policies adjusted in response?

Host

Grzegorz Król

Grzegorz Król

Speaker

Andrzej Fal

Andrzej Fal

Respondent

Michelle Minton

Michelle Minton

11:00 - 11:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

11:30 - 13:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

Russian language session with simultaneous English translation

It is widely recognized that smoking rates among key and vulnerable populations surpass those of other groups. However, across much of the globe, support services often overlook this issue. Consequently, many will face mortality not due to their substance use or mental health conditions, but rather as a result of smoking-related diseases. This session aims to discuss the reasons for this oversight, with a particular emphasis on Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and to generate ideas for effective interventions to address this critical issue.

Ballroom DEF

ISoNTech, part 1

11:30 - 13:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Martin Cullip

Martin Cullip

11:30 - 13:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Ian Jones

Ian Jones

Despite considerable scientific evidence to support the efficacy - and relative safety - of safer nicotine products (SNPs) powerful voices continue to place obstacles in the way of consumers. Consumers are an often neglected voice in the debates that often result in disproportionate regulation, restrictions on sales and use and outright bans applied to SNPs. There are some notable exceptions, where consumers have had their voices heard and garnered support from legislators, resulting in a more balance and nuanced approach.

This session will attempt to ’take stock’ of where we are and what next steps might look like, and will be consumer lead, with panellists from different regions reflecting on how the debate has been conducted and what influence they may have been able to bring to bear. What are the challenges and what strategies can have a positive impact? How can the science supporting SNPs be effectively promoted and how can the consumer experience be incorporated - ’nothing about us without us’? Who are the key actors and how might they be engaged in a constructive way? What can most effectively assist consumer advocacy to succeed?

Host

David Cross

David Cross

Speaker

Joseph Magero

Joseph Magero

Speaker

Ignacio Leiva

Ignacio Leiva

Speaker

Carissa Düring

Carissa Düring

Speaker

Asa Saligupta

Asa Saligupta

13:00 - 14:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

13:30 - 14:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

14:00 - 15:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Marewa Glover

Marewa Glover

Ballroom DEF

ISoNTech, part 2

14:00 - 15:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Martin Cullip

Martin Cullip

14:00 - 15:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Summer Hanna

Summer Hanna

14:00 - 15:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Nancy Loucas

Nancy Loucas

Host

Heneage Mitchell

Heneage Mitchell

Speaker

Lindsey Stroud

Lindsey Stroud

15:30 - 16:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

16:00 - 17:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

An examination of the health, social and economic costs of prohibition, with a panel reflecting on parallel experiences with illicit drugs and alcohol. The panel comprises politicians, thought leaders from the drug and alcohol fields and a consumer/vape trader perspective.

Host

Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann

Panellist

Fiona Patten

Fiona Patten

Panellist

Lindsey Stroud

Lindsey Stroud

Panellist

Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh

Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh

Panellist

Harry Shapiro

Harry Shapiro

17:15 - 18:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

17:30 - 18:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

18:00 - 19:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

David MacKintosh

David MacKintosh

Speaker

Cliff Douglas

Cliff Douglas

Awards Host

Gerry Stimson

Gerry Stimson

Sphinx Restaurant

Conference Party

19:30 - 23:59 (Europe/Warsaw)

14 JUNE 2024

Day 2, Friday

09:00 - 09:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

Whilst no activity has a total absence of risk, science has to embrace risks and challenges to evolve. The over/misinterpretation of the precautionary principle is often an impediment to progress. Drawing on his experience of working with dependence in other fields, Dr McGovern will examine, in relation to nicotine use:

  • How should we categorise/quantify risk?
  • Is there a hierarchy of risk(s)?
  • What are the consequences of avoiding all risks?
  • How can equivalence assist in assessing risk?
  • Who should determine the limits of risk – for the individual and communities?

Are there lost opportunities for tobacco harm reduction to have a significant impact on personal and societal health improvement, due to the inappropriate application of the precautionary principle?

Host

Sarah Cooney

Sarah Cooney

Speaker

Garrett McGovern

Garrett McGovern

Respondent

Alex Wodak

Alex Wodak

Host

Ian Fearon

Ian Fearon

Speaker

Marewa Glover

Marewa Glover

Speaker

Sarah Cooney

Sarah Cooney

Speaker

George Hardie

George Hardie

11:30 - 13:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Karin Jacobson

Karin Jacobson

11:30 - 13:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Barnaby Page

Barnaby Page

Speaker

Michael Landl

Michael Landl

Speaker

Peter Beckett

Peter Beckett

Speaker

Stefanie Miller

Stefanie Miller

11:30 - 13:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Emmanuel Mwape

Emmanuel Mwape

13:00 - 14:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

13:30 - 14:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

14:00 - 15:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

Spanish language session with simultaneous English translation

This workshop will explore the horizontal relationship of physicians, consumer advocates, and regulators to promote science-based communication and harm reduction alternatives to advance public health.

Host

Jeffrey Zamora

Jeffrey Zamora

Host

Carmen Escrig

Carmen Escrig

Speaker

Jorge Palma

Jorge Palma

Speaker

Diego Verrastro

Diego Verrastro

Speaker

Tomás O'Gorman

Tomás O'Gorman

Speaker

Fernando Bueno

Fernando Bueno

14:00 - 15:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Summer Hanna

Summer Hanna

14:00 - 15:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Emmanuel Mwape

Emmanuel Mwape

For Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) to become widespread, affordable and appealing, reduced-risk alternatives to harmful tobacco products must be legally available and accessible. Achieving this requires sustained, substantial investment. The pace of harm reduction is closely tied to investment levels, influenced by potential risks and returns. Regulatory risk and uncertainty increase the returns required by investors, reducing available capital. Consequently:

  • Reduced Investment in Product Development: Lower investment hinders the development of safer and more appealing products supported by scientific research. Without this, regulators are unlikely to consider them as effective harm-reduction solutions, and existing RRPs do not appeal to most smokers.
  • Limited Accessibility in the Global South: Insufficient investment in cost reduction makes these products inaccessible to consumers in the Global South, home to 80% of harmful tobacco users.
  • Hesitancy to Enter High-Risk Markets: Companies and investors are less likely to enter markets with high regulatory risk

Host

Pieter Vorster

Pieter Vorster

Speaker

Sud Patwardhan

Sud Patwardhan

Speaker

Jonathan Fell

Jonathan Fell

An examination of the health and economic impact of tobacco control measures and the role for proportionate regulation and risk management for alternative nicotine products.

Host

Clive Bates

Clive Bates

Panellist

Dave Sweanor

Dave Sweanor

Panellist

Stefanie Miller

Stefanie Miller

Panellist

Konstantinos Farsalinos

Konstantinos Farsalinos

Panellist

Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson

17:45 - 18:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Emmanuel Mwape

Emmanuel Mwape

15 JUNE 2024

Day 3, Saturday

Vivien is a nicotine market specialist, and until recently, the Managing Director & Senior Analyst, Global Beverages, Tobacco and Cannabis, at TD Cowen, in New York City.
In her keynote she will address a number of themes, among them:

  • What factors prompted and drove initial investment in this field?
  • What is the state of the current market?
  • Who are the major investors/stakeholders?
  • What might be the impact of regulation – and possible prohibition – on future investment and the development of the next generation of safer nicotine products?
  • Are there lessons to be learnt from other emerging markets, for example the market for medicinal and recreational cannabis?

Host

Dave Sweanor

Dave Sweanor

Speaker

Vivien Azer

Vivien Azer

Respondent

Jonathan Fell

Jonathan Fell

11:00 - 11:15 (Europe/Warsaw)

The hosts, together with a panel representing scientists, consumers and other stakeholders will review a selection of scientific papers, published in the past 12 months, on nicotine and THR-related issues, identifying the best and worst examples.

Host

Clive Bates

Clive Bates

Host

Arielle Selya

Arielle Selya

Panellist

Gizelle Baker

Gizelle Baker

Panellist

Roberto Sussman

Roberto Sussman

12:45 - 13:30 (Europe/Warsaw)

13:30 - 14:45 (Europe/Warsaw)

An examination of the nature of the THR debate, including different factions' objectives and the tactics being used, such as misinformation, emotive appeals and personal attacks. Panellists will share their own experiences, discuss why the debate is being conducted as it is, and ask how we should best operate in a challenging and often hostile environment.

Host

Will Godfrey

Will Godfrey

Panellist

Marewa Glover

Marewa Glover

Panellist

Rohan Sequeira

Rohan Sequeira

Panellist

Maria Papaioannoy-Duic

Maria Papaioannoy-Duic

Panellist

Christopher Snowdon

Christopher Snowdon

14:45 - 15:00 (Europe/Warsaw)

Host

Jessica Harding

Jessica Harding