Welcome from the Chair
- Professor Ann McNeill Professor of Tobacco Addiction - UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS), Kings College London
One in three British smokers in 2017 say they have never tried an e-cigarette and a further 42% have tried e-cigarettes but no longer use them.
Who are these smokers? What makes them different and what must Public Health to do to increase switching among smokers who do not vape? What are the opportunities for reducing health inequalities?
Martin will share some of what we know about smokers who do not vape and how they differ from those who do. He will also address some of the actions that public health is taking to reach those smokers from Stoptober to a Smokefree NHS, on the air and below the line.
In this session Louise Ross, Stop Smoking Service Manager for Leicester looks at the questions that e-cigarettes have raised for stop-smoking providers, clinicians, policy makers and consumers. This session will look at the challenges and outcomes this has had for her particular stop smoking service and explore the sometimes frustrating hurdles that needed to be overcome. Setting the scene with the numbers and demographics she will look at the current outcomes and benefits.
In this session, Professor Levy will present different modelling scenarios under which smokers adopt e-cigarettes, and project how many lives years can be saved under those scenarios. This session will discuss many of the contentious issues around e-cigarettes, including the magnitude of relative risks, dual use, slowing down cessation and the gateway effect, as well as potential effects of regulations on industry structure and behavior.
Over the past 30 years the daily smoking prevalence among Australian adults has declined to 13% thanks to very high tobacco taxes, bans on cigarette advertising, smoke-free policies in all public spaces, graphic health warnings and plain packaging of cigarettes. The advent of e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDS) has been a disruptive technology that promises to provide smokers with a much lower risk way of obtaining nicotine than smoking cigarettes. Australia has banned the sale of ENDS to adults. This policy is supported by the most of the Australian tobacco control community. Australia’s policy contrasts with that in the UK where ENDS are freely available for sale and regulated as consumer goods. This paper explains how the Australian ban has come about, critically analyses the arguments offered to justify the policy and discusses the ethical and policy issues that it raises. It also describes ways in which the sale of ENDS could be regulated for recreational use that would address the more reasonable concerns of those who support a ban.
From the beginning e-cigarettes have been a contentious subject with the battle lines drawn between those who believe they will undermine tobacco control efforts, and those who believe that they have great potential to reduce the harms from smoking. Caught in the middle of this (not always polite) war of science and words are ordinary people attempting to make informed decisions about their lives and their health. Vapers have become passionate advocates for e-cigarettes, which many accredit for saving their lives. They are true experts in this field – and yet often their voices are missing from the debate. This presentation will cover the following topics, but from a consumer point of view:
Following the close of the Summit all participants are invited to join us for networking drinks