The organisers of the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN), KAC Communications, are launching an online version of GFN20 which will take place on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June following the cancellation of the face-to-face event in Warsaw due to COVID-19.
In the wake of the so-called ‘EVALI’ crisis, and with the review to the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD 2) and the ninth session of the (now postponed) World Health Organization’s Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (COP9) on the horizon, 2020 was already set to be a key year for tobacco harm reduction and nicotine science.
Yet as the COVID-19 pandemic grips the world, debates over the impact of smoking and vaping on susceptibility to and severity of the disease, alongside research into nicotine’s potentially protective role, have only heightened focus on this field. Attacks on tobacco harm reduction are intensifying and, now more than ever, policy must be informed by well-formed evidence and led by science.
In light of all this, KAC Communications is excited to launch the online GFN20 on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June, when presentations from 30 top expert speakers will premiere online on the theme Nicotine: science, ethics and human rights, before being made available for viewing at any time. 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 will be explored. Anyone can take part in GFN20, for free, from anywhere in the world.