Ensuring that “no one is left behind” is a fundamental principle of harm reduction. Smoking-related harms disproportionately affect the most marginalised and disadvantaged communities across the globe, with 80% of smokers living in low- and middle-income countries, and marginalised communities bearing the brunt of smoking-related disease in high-income countries. 

We’re therefore proud  to announce our first panel of #GFN23, titled Inequality of access - how do we achieve a level playing field? Within the context of the increased range of safer alternatives to smoking, this diverse panel will identify what prevents universal access. What are the economic, political, or cultural barriers? How can science influence policy in this arena? What are the priorities for those working to develop THR - and who might be allies in the process? Joining host David MacKintosh are an illustrious group of panellists: Cheryl Olson, Michael Kariuki, Le Dinh Phuong, and Samsul Arrifin. Bringing extensive experience from multiple medical disciplines, as well as years of THR advocacy, this panel promises to be an eye-opening exploration of inequitable THR practices, and what we can do to help those most at risk from smoking-related harms. This panel will not be streamed, so make sure to book your in-person tickets for Warsaw here so you can join the discussion!

Want more food for thought? Incarcerated populations are routinely sidelined when it comes to the right to a healthy life. In this video, Michael Stoney, governor of Barlinnie prison in Scotland, discusses the adoption of THR initiatives in Scottish prisons following the 2018 prison-smoking ban.

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See you in June…

The GFN23 Team

Newsletter sent on 27 March 2023