The sample below shows the conference is ‘on the radar’ in a growing number of locations and that the content of the coverage is largely positive.
In Italy ANSA the leading newswire in Italy generated features that were published on ANSA health channel and reproduced by other media, like the Agivapenews, the most important online magazine in Italy dealing with e-cigarettes.
“Electronic cigarettes are becoming more popular as an alternative. Global Forum on Nicotine identifies advantages for health, but repressive laws” http://www.ansa.it/saluteebenessere/notizie/rubriche/speciali/2016/06/17/crescono-svapatori-mondosempre-piu-alternative-a-bionde_e0812ea6-9efc-4d02-8589-8efea6ff68bb.html
“Smoking: e-cigs don’t increase the risk that young people get hooked. According to a study in UK on 120 youths, electronic cigarettes are seen as alternative” http://www.ansa.it/saluteebenessere/no2zie/rubriche/speciali/2016/06/17/fumo-e-cig-non- aumentano-rischio-che-giovani-prendano-vizio_5c0a4072-dae4-4c04-b7a6-ba4f863fd48d.html
“Smoking: tests on alternative cigarettes approved, they might improve health
Experts, from lower blood pressure to improved breathing, the evidence is mounting” http://www.ansa.it/saluteebenessere/no2zie/rubriche/speciali/2016/06/17/fumo-ok-test-su- alterna2ve-a-bionde-migliorano-salute_8c3677a7-7405-45a5-b403-81ddc661cf13.html
“Smoking: experts, WHO should consider harm reduction ensured by alternatives to cigarettes Now the attitude is ‘quit or die’” http://www.ansa.it/saluteebenessere/notizie/rubriche/speciali/2016/06/18/fumo-esperti-oms-consideri-riduzione-danno-da-alternative_3cdf2459-4590-4236-b8b6-a5a891b30a22.html
In South America EFE, the leading regional Spanish speaking newswire published a first feature referring to the search of a less harmful option to replace cigarettes and the difficulties surrounding its regulation:
This story was widely reproduced, including in Spain by the influential online outlet El Confidential, El Diario and the health portal Sanidad, among other online publications.
All Africa the leading pan-Africa newswire reported:
“Africa: Global Forum on Nico2ne - Reducing Harm and Saving a Billion Lives in this Century”
In Hong Kong the Harbour Times, the leading daily reported:
“Harsh words for HK regulators on e-cigs”
Several pieces appeared in the Indian media:
“E-cigarettes act as roadblock to smoking.”
“E-cigarettes acting as roadblock to tobacco: a few though, remain sceptical about the harmless nature of e-cigarettes.” http://indianexpress.com/ar2cle/lifestyle/health/e-cigarettes-ac2ng-as-roadblock-to-tobacco-study-2862891/
“Here's how e-cigarettes can lower smoking in youths - A new study has shown that e-cigarettes may play an important role in reducing the likelihood of people smoking.”
In Kazakhstan Tengrinews, the second most popular online media outlet, with about 6 million unique visitors in a month published:
“Health should be the most important point in e-cigs regulation issue.”
The Unian news agency, in Ukraine, reported that reputable researchers, physicians and anti-tobacco advocates are opening a new front in the war against tobacco smoking through electronic cigarettes, and other devices, allowing smokers to give up combus2ble cigarettes comfortably.
Published in Switzerland, Vaping Post published a number of items:
The importance of social media to the evolution of nicotine science cannot be under-estimated and some simple statistics from monitoring of hashtags associated with the conference show that the messages are reaching a significant audience.
In short, there were around 4,500 tweets from over 500 contributors. This represents some significant activity and is on par with other events such as COP6. Tweets for #GFN16 were delivered to an audience of over 780k with an impression reach of over 8m.
This year also saw a number of groups posting video content filmed at the conference. One in particular proved to be very popular, with almost 25,000 hits, produced by colleagues from M.O.V.E. based in Spain. It can be found at http://www.efe.com/efe/espana/sociedad/foro-global-sobre-nico2na-busca-opcion-menos-nociva-%20que-el-cigarrillo/10004-2959073