As part of on-going work in relation to tobacco harm reduction, click here is committed to organising a series of dialogues, to examine the often contentious issues that attach to the use of electronic cigarettes, vaping or heat not burn devices, and other safer nicotine products.
There is still a lot of debate between scientists and policy makers about the nature, use and safety of nicotine containing products. The media has produced a lot of stories about e-cigarettes and vaping, not all of them either accurate, or supported by scientific evidence. Nonetheless these stories have an impact and can influence peoples’ thinking and reactions on issues. The dialogues are a place where everyone can bring their concerns, air them and hopefully become better informed about the products and their use.
Most vapers and consumers of other safer nicotine – including heat not burn, snus and other oral tobacco products - are former smokers who have switched to this safer way to use nicotine. Professionals working in public health largely accept that this is a much safer form of behaviour – for consumers and those around them – but there remain concerns about the impact of their use in some circumstances and in this dialogue we aim to identify some of these and try to address them.
These short events - produced as part of the on-going work related to the Global Forum on Nicotine - are free to attend and designed to enable interactive discussion and debate - involving public health professionals, academics and scientists, policy makers, consumers, owners and managers of premises and members of the public – on a range of issues surrounding the increasing use of safer nicotine products as an alternative to smoking.
During each dialogue a panel of speakers, representing different perspectives, each make short presentations, addressing different issues relating to e-cigarette use. Q&A and discussion involving the audience follow the presentations.
The dialogues are filmed with the proceedings posted on the web, with the aim of providing information to those who might be interested in the subject and to assist those charged with making policy in having a cross-section of views to draw upon.
For details about previous GFN dialogues, including videos, click here