Issues involving the nature of nicotine, its science, regulation and politics, have become one of the hottest topics in contemporary public policy. We face huge opportunities but also significant potential threats, and all of it while dealing with beliefs that are often both entrenched and ill-informed. There are hundreds of millions of lives, hundreds of billions of dollars and ultimately the reputations of many groups and individuals at stake. Getting a strong grasp of the facts and the key players involved is an essential step in moving in effective directions.
In no place is there a better opportunity to grasp these issues than at the Global Forum on Nicotine. It brings together an exceptional group of knowledgeable and engaged people from the full array of players in this field. People with careers in science, medicine, regulation, public health, marketing, research and development, consumer advocacy, technology and entrepreneurship.
The city is lovely in mid-June, the venue is pleasant and practical, and the opportunities to learn and interact with others is unparalleled. I urge anyone with an interest in the future directions of nicotine to join us for what promises to be another outstanding conference.
David Sweanor, Chair of the 2016 GFN
David T. Sweanor J.D.
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics, University of Ottawa
Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham
Legal Counsel, Non-Smokers’ Rights Association, 1983-2005