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Ecig Summit Speakers Announced

Organisers of the 2023 E-Cigarette Summit UK, which takes place at the Royal College of Physicians on 16th November 2023, have announced the list of expert speakers

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Organisers of the 2023 E-Cigarette Summit UK, which takes place at the Royal College of Physicians on 16th November 2023, are delighted to have announced the list of expert speakers. They say they will be continuing to offer an interactive hybrid option for those that cannot attend the event in London in person, which includes live and on-demand viewing options.

Registration is open now and Early Bird rates apply until Monday 16th October:

Organisers of the Summit say: “The next 12 months will be significant for global tobacco control as different countries seek to implement policies to deliver on their smoking end game strategies. The universal public health goal is to reduce smoking rates to below 5%, however, the question on where and how reduced risk nicotine products fit continues to challenge governments and policy experts.  The UK has been a pioneer in both supporting and integrating tobacco harm reduction but is experiencing a significant rise in youth use of e-cigarettes, particularly disposables.  The critical question is ‘Are we getting it right and do we like the road we have started on?’”

The E-Cigarette Summit differs from other vape events as it focusses on the science and features speakers who have been conducting research in the area of vaping and tobacco harm reduction, making it the foremost event for discussions and analysis of the science.

The announced list of Speakers & Chairs:

The Summit Chair

  • Professor Ann McNeill - Professor of Tobacco Addiction, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London.

SESSION 1: Science & Evidence

  • Opening Keynote Professor Caitlin Notley – Professor of Addiction Sciences, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • Professor Sanjay Agrawal – Professor of Respiratory Science, Institute of Lung Health, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Chair of the Tobacco Special Advisory Group, Royal College of Physicians
  • Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce – Assistant Professor in Health Promotion and Policy, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Professor Lion Shahab – Professor of Health Psychology, University College London, Co-Director of the UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group
  • Professor Virginia Berridge – Professor of History and Health Policy, Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK

SESSION 2: Policy & Research

  • Harry Tattan-Birch – PhD student in Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London (UCL)
  • Eve Taylor MSc – Research Assistant, Kings College London
  • Sarah Jackson – Principal Research Fellow Behavioural Science and Health, University College London (UCL)
  • Abigail Friedman – Associate Professor, Dept of Health Policy & Management, Yale School of Public Health
  • Professor Peter Hajek – Director of the Health and Lifestyle Research Unit, Wolfson Institute of Population Health, Queen Mary University of London

SESSION 3: THR, Nicotine & Public Health

  • Ailsa Rutter OBE – Director, Fresh and Balance
  • Rachel McIlvenna – Smokefree NHS Strategic Manager. North East and North Cumbria ICB
  • Dr Ruth Sharrock – Clinical Lead for Tobacco Dependency for the North East & North Cumbria ICS, Respiratory Consultant, Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Gateshead
  • Dr Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh – Professor of Hospital Management and Health Economics and Deputy Dean (Relation & Wealth Creation), Faculty of Medicine, UKM Medical Centre
  • Louise Ross – Clinical Consultant at NCSCT, Chair and Mental Health Lead, New Nicotine Allianc

SESSION 4: Tobacco Control & Regulation

  • Deborah Arnott – Chief Executive, Action on Smoking & Health UK (ASH UK)
  • Ben Youdan – Director, Youdan Consulting (Advisor ASH NZ)
  • Pascal Diethelm – President, OxySuisse
  • Prof Tikki Pang – Former Director, Research, Policy & Cooperation, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Clive Bates – Director, Counterfactual Consulting Ltd

The closing keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Robert West, Professor Emeritus of Health Psychology at the University College London. The title of Professor West’s presentation will be “Keeping our eyes on the prize in nicotine and tobacco policy”. He’ll be telling attendees that it isn’t their job to be “guardians of public morality”, telling the public what to think.

Arguably, in discourse about e-cigarettes, moral views about what people should and should not enjoy have led to misleading claims from some highly influential public health professionals and health organisations,” he will say. “We are at yet another crossroad in policy choices about e-cigarettes and public health professionals must be self-reflective and humble in pronouncements about the potential harms and benefits of particular policies.”


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