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  • The 5th annual E-Cigarette Summit will take place on Friday 17th November at The Royal Society, London
  • Registration for the E-Cigarette Summit 2017 is now open

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08:55 - 09:05

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome and summary of UK developments including the RCP and PHE reports

  • Professor Ann McNeill Professor of Tobacco Addiction - UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS), Kings College London


Science, evidence and harm reduction


 


Safety and efficacy of E-cigarettes



Industry, product standards and regulation



Public Health and policy


 

15:40 - 15:55

E-Cigarettes and Tobacco Harm Reduction: A public health perspective

Has “harm reduction” lost sight of public health? Martin Dockrell takes stock of some of the history and controversies in tobacco harm reduction and assesses tobacco harm reduction through the lens of public health, where it has come from and where it needs to go.   

  • Harm Reduction, nicotine and addiction
  • Risks and opportunities from a public health perspective – Gateway, renormalisation, second hand exposure and vested interests
  • The evaluation imperative – Public health and its public service duty

15:55 - 16:10

Priorities for Vaping Research: Pregnancy, Mental Health and Cancer Patients

Tobacco harm reduction approaches are a priority for adult smokers who find it difficult to stop smoking but there are many barriers to providing e-cigarette access to groups such as cancer patients undergoing treatment, adults being treated for long standing mental health conditions, prisoners and pregnant women, amongst others. However, research is now underway to explore the promise that e-cigarettes may hold for all these groups. This presentation will describe the latest data from the UK and elsewhere on e-cigarette use in these groups and outline the studies that are underway to improve access and outcomes. Persuading research funders, health professionals and the public of the merits of this type of research is not easy but progress is being made. Emerging results, key questions for future studies and the importance of capacity-building for this type of research will be discussed.

  • Professor Linda Bauld Professor of Health Policy - University of Stirling, UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKTAS) and Cancer Research UK
16:10 - 16:25

Vaping and Inequalities: Turning Lives Around

Louise Ross, Stop Smoking Service Manager for Leicester City Council, talks about the impact that switching to vaping can have on some of the most vulnerable people in the city.  The rules about what stop smoking services can and can’t do remain unclear, but Leicester has shown that not waiting for clarity can change people’s lives within weeks

  • Access to information on e-cigarettes is harder for disadvantaged groups can the stop smoking services bridge this gap
  • E-cigarettes address more than just nicotine dependence and can break the social and cultural ties of smoking behaviour
  • Keeping the pleasure and losing the harm – how treating smoking as a disease doesn’t suit everyone
  • One size does not fit all, how stop smoking services can combine a full spectrum of choices

  • Louise Ross Stop Smoking Service Manager - Leicester City Council
16:25 - 16:40

Tobacco control and harm reduction

Putting UK nicotine regulation in a global context following the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting in India which will have finished the week before the conference. Parties to the Treaty present at the COP include all EU Member States and all but 18 UN members covering over 80% of the world population.   On the agenda for discussion by the 180 Parties to the Treaty is a WHO paper which puts forward regulatory options for Parties to the Treaty to consider. Reporting back on the outcomes and implications for e-cigarettes and nicotine products

16:40 - 16:45

The importance of methodology to end circular arguments on e-cigarettes

Synopsis to follow

  • Professor David Abrams Executive Director, The Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies - Professor, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
16:45 - 17:05

Protecting Consumers from inaccurate information

The duty of an Attorney General is to act as gatekeeper and steward for consumer protection and ensure that the best scientific knowledge is clearly and accurately communicated to the public so that they can make informed decisions. In this session Tom Miller will question whether consumers are being given accurate scientific information to support them in making an informed decision on the potential and relative harm of e-cigarettes and what the legal position could be. He will also explore the different perspectives that the USA and UK have on nicotine and tobacco harm reduction and ask what lessons can be mutually learned.

17:05 - 17:25

Panel Discussion and Q&A: Can there be a balanced debate on e-cigarettes and harm reduction when there is no consensus on where the “middle ground” lies?

  • Where is the “rational middle ground” in debates on e-cigarettes
  • Why has the e-cigarette debate been so divisive and what is the solution
  • Can Tobacco Control and Tobacco Harm Reduction policies support each other
  • Is the "end game" the end of smoking or the tobacco industry
  • How could the Public health response to e-cigarettes better serve the public

  • Attorney General Tom Miller Attorney General of Iowa
  • Martin Dockrell Tobacco Control Programme Lead - Publich Health England
  • Louise Ross Stop Smoking Service Manager - Leicester City Council
  • Deborah Arnott Chief Executive - Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
  • Professor Linda Bauld Professor of Health Policy - University of Stirling, UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKTAS) and Cancer Research UK
  • Professor David Abrams Executive Director, The Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies - Professor, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
17:25 - 17:30

Closing Remarks from the Chair

  • Professor Ann McNeill Professor of Tobacco Addiction - UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS), Kings College London
17:30 - 18:30

Summit Networking Drinks