Following the success of the fourth Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw, we are now planning another series of GFN Dialogues, to take place in October and November.
These are free to attend, short, focussed events designed to enable interactive discussion and debate. They involve public health professionals, academics and scientists, policy makers, consumers, owners and managers of premises and members of the public, tackling a range of issues surrounding the increasing use of safer nicotine products (including e-cigarettes) as an alternative to smoking.
During each dialogue a panel of speakers representing different perspectives each make short presentations, addressing a topic relating to nicotine use. A moderated Q&A and discussion session involving the audience follows the presentations.
The coming series will be themed on ‘Understanding Vaping’. There will be three events and each will examine different aspects of vaping, including why people vape, the role of vaping in switching from smoking and the challenges vaping presents to public health. We will also look at the role of other alternative nicotine products, such as heat not burn and oral tobacco products, such as snus
In Dublin on Tuesday 24th October 2017 we will ask some fundamental questions, including:
- Is it possible to negotiate consensus on vaping in public spaces?
- Who should educate smokers & the general public, on safer forms of nicotine?
- What is the impact of regulation on smokers & vapers?
- Does the media's portrayal of the science on vaping inform or confuse?
- Between personal choice and public health; where should 'safer nicotine use' sit on this spectrum?
In London on Tuesday 31st October 2017 we will look at restrictions on vaping for people already experiencing disadvantage, such as those detained in secure environments, those who have experienced trauma, are homeless, or from other marginalised groups. In all these instances smoking rates and the associated health risks are manifestly higher than in the general population. Questions will include:
- Who are we taking about?
- What function does smoking perform for different groups?
- What are the impediments to switching to safer forms of nicotine use for disadvantaged people?
- What role can professionals play in changing behaviour?
In Durham on Thursday 2nd November we will examine the positive aspects of nicotine use. Questions will include:
- Why do people vape?
- What is the ‘pleasure principle’?
- Is nicotine dependence a problem, and if so for whom?
The dialogues will all commence at 1400 and end by 1700. Refreshments will be provided on arrival and at the ends of the formal proceedings, to enable informal discussion and networking.
They are free to attend, but we do require pre-registration. To do so, please click here and complete the simple form. You will then receive a confirmation automatically reserving a place at your chosen event.