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Everyone is going to be welcome at #GFN24 as organisers say it will be an “antidote” to clandestine WHO COP10 and its meetings behind closed doors

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The organisers of #GFN24 have a simple message: “Come to the Global Forum on Nicotine - the conference where everyone is welcome!” The World Health Organization’s COP10 took place last week but consumers and advocacy organisations were barred from the event. Unlike the clandestine COP, “GFN recognises that nicotine consumers are key stakeholders for the smoke free future” and will be welcome in Warsaw, Poland.

Although everyone was shut out from FCTC COP, “you will be greeted warmly at our conference. Safer nicotine products could mitigate the huge toll of smoking - over 6 million deaths globally - if and when their access is ensured. The safer nicotine product revolution has been driven primarily by consumers, but these very-same consumers are being ignored by the WHO in its discussions about the future of these products.”

Consumer inclusion has played a key part of the GFN events over the years. The organisers say: “From its very beginning, the Global Forum on Nicotine has existed because of and for consumers of safer nicotine products. We believe that the consumer voice should be central to all discussions about tobacco policy, and that the philosophy of ‘Nothing about us without us’ should underpin all decisions about the future of safer nicotine products.”

This year, like last, #GFN24 will begin on Wednesday 12th June with a consumer meeting. Organisers say that consumers “will be well represented throughout the main #GFN24 programme”.

They continue: “Progress can only happen by enabling conversation and communication with all stakeholders involved in tobacco harm reduction. The Global Forum on Nicotine remains the only international conference devoted to tobacco harm reduction, and our doors are open to anyone who wants to explore and debate the role of safer nicotine products in helping people quit smoking - we won’t exclude anyone from the conversation.

Consumers and grass-root activists have been key contributors and participators to the Global Forum on Nicotine from our inception, in 2014. To ensure that as many consumers as possible are able to join in the conversation at #GFN24, our consumer tickets are low priced and have been frozen at 2023 rates! You can find our ticket prices here.”

Also, as with previous years, consumers who don’t receive funding for their tobacco harm reduction work can apply for financial assistance to enable them to attend by emailing the organisers at [email protected], before Monday 19 February.


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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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