• The 6th annual E-Cigarette Summit will take place on Thursday 15th November 2018 at The Royal Society, London
  • The 2017 speaker videos are now available on the "Resources" page
  • The 2nd US E-Cigarette Summit will take place in Washington 30th April 2018

 Click here to download printable version of the programme
08:55 - 09:00

Welcome from the Chair

  • 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

Time to switch – reaching the last 35%

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.

15:55 - 16:10

The challenges and achievements of advocating for e-cigarettes – a service provider’s journey from sceptic to advocate

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.

  • Louise Ross Stop Smoking Service Manager - Leicester City Council
16:10 - 16:25

How an e-cigarette strategy could help move towards the goal that we all have, to reduce cigarette use

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.

  • Prof David Levy Professor - Lombardl Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University
16:25 - 16:40

Ethical Issues Raised by the Australian Ban on Electronic Nicotine Devices

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.

16:40 - 17:00

Keynote: Five E-Cigarette Summits on – what are we still fighting about?

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:

  • Challenges for consumers - changing perceptions and promoting understanding of vaping and the people who do it.
  • Challenges for public health - engaging with vapers, understanding the validity of their experiences and using that information to help others.
  • Challenges for all; the nicotine landscape is changing, is that a benefit or a threat?
  • Leading by example – the UK is well positioned to show the world how it should be done, but is it brave enough?

  • Sarah Jakes Vaper - Board Member - New Nicotine Alliance
17:00 - 17:25

Panel Discussion and Open Floor Q&A

  • How can the public health response to e-cigarettes best serve the public
  • Why has the e-cigarette debate been so divisive and what is the solution
  • Can tobacco control and harm reduction policies support each other
  • Why has the UK’s position been so different – will others follow

  • Mary Yates Nurse Consultant (Health Promotion & Wellbeing) - Sounth London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Prof David Levy Professor - Lombardl Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University
  • Prof Wayne Hall Professor - Centre for Youth Substance Abuse, Queensland
  • Sarah Jakes Vaper - Board Member - New Nicotine Alliance
  • Louise Ross Stop Smoking Service Manager - Leicester City Council
  • Martin Dockrell Tobacco Control Programme Lead - Publich Health England
17:25 - 17:30

Closing Remarks & Close

Following the close of the Summit all participants are invited to join us for networking drinks

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