GFN20 Goes Online

Posted 11th May 2020 by Dave Cross
Experts, advocates, scientists, and consumers have been annually congregating in Poland for six years to hear about the latest studies and approaches in tobacco harm reduction. This year, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the seventh GFN will take place online – and everyone is welcome to access it for free.

The organisers of GFN20 are keen to put the message out: “You’re invited to the online GFN20 on 11 - 12 June for presentations from top speakers on ‘Nicotine: science, ethics and human rights. Free and open to all”.

“This is a critical time in nicotine science, policy and tobacco harm reduction. We did not want to miss the opportunity GFN gives us to share the latest research, discuss ideas and solutions, and spark debate.”

“Speaker presentations will premiere online on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June 2020. Our theme is ‘Nicotine: science, ethics and human rights’. Together, we will examine advances in nicotine science, the ethical arguments in favour of tobacco harm reduction, and the human rights issues for all those who advocate for the right to health.”

The program includes a number of names that will be familiar to POTV News readers.

  • Clive Bates – “What's gone wrong?”
  • Marewa Glover – “Why science should always trump ideology”
  • Will Godfrey – “Responsible journalism: holding the media to account”
  • Clarisse Virgino – “The threat of prohibition: consumers as collateral damage?”
  • Mark Tyndall – “Tobacco harm reduction: ensuring we learn lessons from history”
  • Greg Conley – “Powerful forces not always benign”
  • Samrat Chowdhery – “Policy, state control and the tobacco monopoly”
  • Moira Gilchrist – “Can a leopard change its spots?”

Imperial College London’s Emeritus Professor Gerry Stimson will then introduce this year’s speaker for the Michael Russell Oration, Louise Ross, who will be talking about “Pragmatism versus dogma: freeing the inner vaper in smokers”.


Louise managed the Leicester City Stop Smoking Service to 2018. She was initially sceptical about vaping but saw first-hand how it offered a huge potential benefit. Louise also volunteers as the vice chair of the New Nicotine Alliance.

The following day, videos will be posted featuring presentations from Caitlin Notley, Konstantinos Farsalinos, Riccardo Polosa, Roberto Sussman, among others.

Don’t worry if you can’t view the presentations during the day, they will then be made available for viewing at any time in the conference library. [link]

So, why not join the scientists, policy analysts, regulators and standards experts, academics and researchers, parliamentarians, public health professionals, consumer advocates, and developers, manufacturers and distributors of alternative nicotine products from around the world?

Further information about GFN20 “Nicotine: science, ethics and human rights” can be found at the links below.



  • GFNOnline2020 – [link]
  • GFN Facebook – [link]
  • GFN Twitter – [link]
  • Louise Ross, New Nicotine Alliance – [link]

 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
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