The 9th edition of the GFN, has the theme ‘Tobacco harm reduction - here for good’. GFN organisers have always placed consumers at the heart of the discussion and this year is no exception, with consumers front and centre of both the main conference programme as well as dedicated pre-conference satellite sessions.
The consumer-focussed event will begin on Wednesday 15 June, before the start of the main conference. The event will feature consumer-focussed panel discussions:
- Consumers, tobacco harm reduction (THR) and COP10
- Getting our voices heard
- Overcoming barriers to women in THR
- Reducing harms from tobacco in low- and middle-income countries; challenges and opportunities
Also, there will be presentations from Roberto Sussmann and Miroslaw Dworniczak on the Chemistry of vaping.
The formal conference programme will open on the Thursday with the Michael Russell Oration and Award. This will be followed by a party at the Sphinx.
Organisers say the next two days will be packed full of “discussion-based sessions with excellent speakers, many of whom speak from the consumer perspective. Please keep an eye on the GFN website for more details, including the programme outline. Nearly all our fantastic speakers are already lined up and we will be adding their names soon.”
The conference ends on Saturday 18 June.
This year will also feature a session on media and messaging training for consumers.
Organisers add: “As consumer advocates, communicating about tobacco harm reduction to people who may be unfamiliar with it, or sceptical or even hostile towards it, can be very challenging. Yet it’s an essential part of having our voices heard and bringing about change. This year, GFN is delighted to announce we will be offering media and messaging training for consumers (Wednesday 15 June). Please write to [email protected] for further information and to apply, as places are limited.”
Moreover, GFN22 is offering to provide assistance to consumers to help them attend the conference: “If you are a consumer who would like to attend but are in need of financial assistance to do so, please email us at [email protected]. The organisers have a small fund to assist consumers with travel, and/or accommodation, and/or registration. Please tell us briefly about your circumstances (including your advocacy activities) in your email. In order to assist as many people as possible to attend, we only award for budget travel and accommodation.”
If you cannot attend, you will be able to stream some of the sessions live. The remaining sessions will be filmed and released afterwards. It is free to register for the online event.