Science, Regulation and Public Health
Smoking is the biggest single cause of preventable death in the developed world with almost 1 billion users worldwide. The devastating effect of long-term smoking cannot be underestimated, with approximately half of all lifetime smokers dying from smoking related diseases and many more suffering a compromised quality of life. Despite decades of successful tobacco control efforts, we are still a long way from ending the smoking epidemic.
The emergence of e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine but without the vast range of carcinogens and toxins found in combustible tobacco products has created one of the most controversial and contentious public health issues of a generation, with divisions appearing within longstanding professional alliances in both Tobacco Control and Public Health communities, despite a continued shared goal of protecting public health and ending the smoking epidemic.
The E-Cigarette Summit provides a neutral platform to explore the available peer reviewed evidence and debate the issues that are dividing scientists, health professionals and policy makers alike. So, are-cigarettes a valuable harm reduction strategy or a tacit U-turn on decades of effective tobacco control efforts? Whichever side of the debate you fall on, this is likely to be one of the most significant public health issues for a generation.
2019 Key Topics include:
- What are the key considerations for prudent regulation of e-cigarettes?
- How do we maximize benefits for smokers and minimize potential harms for youth?
- Understanding youth use – how should data be interpreted and presented?
- How do we educate youth without confusing adult smokers
- How should the evidence on e-cigarettes and the harm continuum be communicated to the American public – how can we better help the public understand relative risks?
- Is the current and proposed regulatory regime for e-cigarettes fit for purpose or does it need to be reformed and, if so, what needs to be considered to achieve maximum benefits for public health?
- Are American youth experimenting with e-cigarettes more than other countries – what are the appropriate measures?
- Is dual use an important step in cessation or a failing of harm reduction?
- What direction should the FDA take with e-cigarettes and tobacco control – what are the main priorities for current smokers? And for preventing youth initiation? Are these two priorities compatible?
- Current and future research priorities
- Why has tobacco harm reduction proved to be such a divisive issue – how can we improve dialogue and collaboration?
- Nicotine reduction – harm reduction not prohibition
- The Australian experience with e-cigarettes
- Evolution of the regulatory framework in the UK
- The impact of E-Cigarette regulation
- Safety concerns with E-Cigarettes
- Prevention and protection policies for youth use of E-Cigarettes and tobacco products
- Switching from combustibles to E-Cigarettes
- How to make sense of the flavors issue
- Smoking harm reduction – if not now, when?
2019 Confirmed Speakers/Panel Presenters