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GFN 21 “Fives” Are Live

The first Global Forum on Nicotine “Fives” are now live on its website with a lot more coming as they get processed – ready for GFN’21 in Liverpool during June

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The first Global Forum on Nicotine “Fives” are now live on its website with a lot more coming as they get processed – ready for the GFN’21 conference in Liverpool during June. The event focusses on the role of safer nicotine products and The GFN Fives are a new way to play an active part in the conference.

The GFN21 (1) conference organisers say it’s the only international conference to focus on the role of safer nicotine products (including e-cigarettes, nicotine pouches, oral tobaccos such as Swedish snus, and heated tobacco products) that help people switch from smoking.

“The rapid development and use of safer nicotine products raises a number of challenging scientific questions about their safety, who uses them and why, and the impact on smoking. These products also raise challenges for governments who seek to understand what kind of policy and regulation is appropriate. The GFN examines the rapidly developing science in relation to nicotine and its use, including policy and regulatory responses.”

The conference will be taking place in Liverpool, on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th June, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Due to COVID, many people will be prevented from travelling so the organisers have arranged for the full event to be streamed live online using their new GFN•TV platform.

Registration is still open for those who would like to attend the conference (2). The fee for the two days is a reasonable £60. Accommodation can be booked at the Crowne Plaza Hotel using a specially negotiated rate (3) or using one of the many other hotels nearby.

The GFN Fives open up an opportunity for those who can’t attend in person or who will not be speaking to make presentations to the conference, the first of which are now live on the GFN website (4).

Examples of what can be watched now include:

  • Brad Rodu explains Sweden's use of smokeless tobacco
  • Dr John Oyston asks why don't doctors love vaping?
  • John de Miranda looks at the tobacco harm reduction climate in the USA
  • Patricia Kovacevic talks about Escher’s “Relativity” and tobacco harm reduction
  • Floe Foxon looks at the EVALI lung disease outbreak
  • Helen Redmond presents a quick trip through Filter magazine’s coverage of three rounds of anti-vaping fear mongering
  • Andrew Thompson addresses the issue of vaping and human rights


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