Welcome to The E-Cigarette Summit 2015
The third annual E-Cigarette Summit took place at the Royal Society in London on the 12th November 2015 and provided an evidence based perspective on the public health issues raised by the growing popularity of e-cigarettes. You will find a copy of the presentations in the resources section.
The issue of how public health should respond to the exponential growth of e-cigarettes remains a contentious issue and continues to divide scientists, policy makers and health professionals alike. The E-Cigarette Summit has established itself as a neutral environment for scientists, policy makers, medical and public health professionals and e-cigarette stakeholders to come together and look at the latest scientific research and evidence available on e-cigarettes and debate their impact in context of public health and regulation.
Alongside examining the latest evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes for users and bystanders, The E-Cigarette Summit will also address broader debates including evidence on Gateway for children and non-smokers, advertising and marketing, use in public places and the conflicts arising from the tobacco industry’s dual corporate ownership of tobacco harm reduction products and cigarettes. The role that e-cigarettes could play in ending or extending the smoking epidemic will remain one of the most fiercely fought debates in public health history.
For policy makers/advisors, the weight of making the right decision cannot be underestimated. From outright bans, advertising restrictions to higher taxation; the way that each country introduces, interprets and implements legislation, including consumer and medical licensing routes, will have far reaching consequences. Setting the regulatory bar at the correct level, will be vital to harnessing the opportunities that e-cigarettes could offer while remaining responsive to a tobacco control manifesto to reduce smoking related harm.
What questions will be explored?
The E-Cigarette Summit will include high level briefings from experts and encourages interaction through panel debates and open floor discussions. Questions will be explored in a balanced and objective environment allowing attendees to build their knowledge and share their viewpoints. The E-Cigarette Summit will explore the latest research and evidence on the following areas:
- How safe is vaping compared to smoking – including long term use
- How do we define the “harm” of e-cigarettes in context of public health
- Will stricter regulations protect public health and create safer products
- Do e-cigarettes help people to quit smoking – should they be prescribed
- What does the evidence say about gateway
- Are there health risks through second hand vapour for non-users
- Has the Public Health response to e-cigarettes served the public
- If e-cigarettes are so good, why aren’t all smokers using them
Who Should Attend?
The E-Cigarette Summit will provide a timely opportunity for all stakeholders to debate and explore the future of e-cigarettes, and will include high-level panel debates from opposing perspectives to ensure a balanced and objective debate.
In particular, this event will be relevant to:
- Regulators and policy advisors
- Stop smoking services and smoking cessation practitioners
- Health providers, health charities and health campaigners
- Local Authorities and Environmental Health
- Public health professionals and academics
- Scientific/research community
- Medical and health professionals
- e-cigarette industry stakeholders