E-Cigarette Summit 2017 – Friday 17th November | Royal Society, London

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Since the inaugural meeting in November 2013, The E-Cigarette Summit has been at the forefront of taking forward the scientific and public health debate around e-cigarettes and broader harm reduction debates. The Summit has established itself as a neutral environment for scientists, policy makers, medical and public health professionals and stakeholders to come together and look at the latest scientific research and evidence on e-cigarettes and debate their impact. In 2013, the conversation was UK centric as the public health and policy communities sought to find an appropriate regulatory system for e-cigarettes that would reflect the opportunities for smokers without ignoring potential harms. In the intervening years, the UK has emerged as an active proponent for tobacco harm reduction alongside stringent tobacco control measures and now five years on the Summit welcomes scientists, public health professionals and policy makers from around the world who are looking to establish their own regulatory framework in the face of new nicotine products.

Alongside the latest evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes for users and bystanders, The E-Cigarette Summit will continue to address broader debates including evidence on “gateway” for youth and non-smokers, advertising and marketing, use in public places and the conflicts arising from the tobacco industry’s dual corporate ownership of tobacco harm reduction products and cigarettes. The role that e-cigarettes could play in ending or extending the smoking epidemic will remain one of the most fiercely fought debates in public health history.

For governments and policy makers/advisors, the weight of making the right decision cannot be underestimated. From outright bans, advertising restrictions to higher taxation; the way that each country introduces, interprets and implements legislation, including consumer and medical licensing routes, will have far reaching consequences. Setting the regulatory bar at the correct level, will be vital to harnessing the opportunities that e-cigarettes and reduced harm nicotine products could offer while remaining responsive to a tobacco control manifesto to reduce smoking related harm.

What questions will be explored?

The E-Cigarette Summit will include high level briefings from experts and encourages interaction through panel debates and open floor discussions. Questions will be explored in a balanced and objective environment allowing attendees to build their knowledge and share their viewpoints.

This year the summit will explore the latest research and evidence on the following areas:

  • The Continuum of Harm Reduction and different policy/regulatory approaches.
  • E-Cigarette safety and research
  • Nicotine health impacts including addiction
  • Dual use – how concerned should we be?
  • Heat not Burn and E-cigarettes – similarities and differences
  • Advertising restrictions – how to reach smokers and protect youth?
  • Medicinal Licensing – is this a viable route and where are the products?
  • What does the evidence say about gateway?
  • Are there health risks through second hand vapour for non-users?
  • If e-cigarettes are so good, why aren’t all smokers using them?

Who Should Attend?

In particular, this event will be relevant to:

  • Regulators and policy advisors
  • Scientific/research community
  • Smoking cessation practitioners/services
  • Health providers, health charities and health campaigners
  • Local Authorities and Environmental Health
  • Public health professionals and academics
  • Medical and health professionals
  • e-cigarette industry and broader stakeholders groups

This years summit welcomes many researchers from around the world, including many who are part of the UKCTAS network. Including; Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Stirling, Professor Ann McNeill from King’s College London, Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce from the University of Oxford and Professor Robert West from University College London. The summit will also feature inputs from the Department of Health, Public Health England and many more public health organisations. To see the full list of speakers click here.

Early Bird Rates are valid until Friday 20th October!

To register for this event or to find out more information, click here!

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Women & Alcohol | Edinburgh and London-Based Seminar Series | 2017

The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) and the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) are co-hosting a four part seminar series to discuss issues relating to women and alcohol.

Each session will be chaired by an eminent academic, who will invite three guest speakers to present their personal responses to three pre-set questions, which are relevant to the topic.

These events will provide an opportunity for policy makers, academics, activists, and media representatives to critically discuss topics related to women and alcohol use. The intention is to stimulate thinking, challenge some attitudes and perceptions, and to think about future research and policy priorities.

Seminar 1: Friday, 10th March 2017

Women, Alcohol, and Globalisation.
Royal College of Physicians, London, 2 – 4pm

Chair: Dr. Cecile Knai, Associate Professor of Public Health Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

  • How does alcohol marketing influence women’s behaviours?
  • How does alcohol marketing influence attitudes towards women?
  • How does alcohol affect women in different social and cultural contexts?

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Experts call for action on HIGH STRENGTH CIDER to protect the homeless and the vulnerable.

The Alcohol Health Alliance and Thames Reach, the homelessness organisation, are today calling for duty increases on high-strength cider, which is a leading cause of death and ill-health among the homeless.

Experts will present evidence on this issue at an event taking place in the House of Commons today, sponsored by David Burrowes MP, aimed at highlighting the impact of alcohol on the homeless and vulnerable.

High-strength ciders, including products like Frosty Jack’s and White Ace, are nearly all drunk by homeless and dependent drinkers, and studies show these ciders are a favourite among children receiving treatment for alcohol dependence. Studies have found that 75-85% of high-strength cider drinkers choose it because of its low price. At typically 7.5% ABV, three-litre bottles of these ciders, which contain the same amount of alcohol as 22 shots of vodka, can be bought for as little as £3.49. This equates to just 16p per unit.

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The calls will put further pressure on the government to act on cheap, high-strength ciders in the budget in March.

In December, 43 organisations and experts from drinkingthe health, homelessness, children’s and religious sectors wrote to the Chancellor urging him to increase the duty on cider, and earlier this month polling was released which showed that 66% of the public back a cider tax. In addition, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has previously called for reform to address “the very low levels of duty charged on strong cider”.

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said:

“A can of 500ml cider at 7.5% is taxed less than a third of the amount taxed on a can of beer the same size and strength. There can be no justification for the low rates of tax on high-strength cider.

“Our calls today are not about the drinks consumed by moderate drinkers. Dependent and vulnerable drinkers account for nearly all sales of high-strength ciders, meaning increased duty would be targeted at them. Indeed, we know that 80% of total cider sales would be left unaffected by duty increases on these high-strength ciders.

“The budget in March represents an ideal opportunity for the government to protect the homeless and vulnerable through increased cider duty.”

Jeremy Swain, Chief Executive of Thames Reach, said:

“98% of the homeless people we work with who have alcohol problems primarily drink bottles and cans of these high-strength ciders and super-strength beers, which are far stronger than regular and premium drinks. A survey of deaths among hostel residents over the past year showed that 10 out of 16 were directly attributable to high and super-strength drinks. This is not a one-off figure. An earlier survey showed 11 out of 14 deaths (78%) were caused by high and super-strength drinks.

“By increasing the tax on these high-strength and dangerous products, the harm done to the vulnerable people we work with will diminish, and the opportunity to reduce, and ultimately end, dependence on alcohol will increase.”

David Burrowes MP is sponsoring the event in Parliament and has long-campaigned locally and nationally about the harms of alcohol. Mr Burrowes said:

“The government has rightly put social justice at the heart of everything they do, and this commitment should extend to preventing the damage done by cheap, high strength drinks, which blight the lives and health of those who need our support – the homeless and vulnerable.

“An increase in the duty on high strength cider at the upcoming budget would represent a step in the right direction to tackling the burden of cheap alcohol on some of our most vulnerable communities.”

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About the Alcohol Health Alliance UK

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is a group of 50 organisations including the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of GPs, British Medical Association, Alcohol Concern and the Institute of Alcohol Studies.

The AHA works together to:

  • Highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm
  • Propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm
  • Influence decision makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse

For further information, please contact Matt Chorley, the AHA’s Policy and Communications Officer, at matt.chorley@rcplondon.ac.uk.

About Thames Reach

Thames Reach is one of the UK’s leading homelessness charities. Its vision is to end street homelessness and its mission is to provide decent homes, encourage supportive relationships and help people lead fulfilling lives.

Thames Reach runs a range of services in London including street outreach services helping people sleeping rough escape homelessness, a variety of hostels and supported housing projects, and schemes which prevent homelessness and help people develop new skills, re-engage with family and friends, and get back into work.

Thames Reach has been campaigning for over a decade to raise taxation on the dangerous high-strength ciders and super-strength beers – all the major studies on alcohol indicate the price is one of the key factors in influencing what people drink – and have also called on the drinks industry to behave more responsibly.

Successes include the consumption of 9% super-strength beer falling by a quarter in the UK, after we successfully lobbied the Government to create a higher band of duty in 2011, while the drinks manufacturer Heineken removed all of its high-strength cider from sale in the UK after visiting one of our hostels.

See thamesreach.org.uk For further details, contact Thames Reach communications manager, Mike Nicholas, on mike.nicholas@thamesreach.org.uk.

 

 

Report launch: New issues and age-old challenges: a review of young people’s relationship with tobacco | 27/02/17

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Join Prof Amanda Amos and Prof Marcus Munafo to discuss the current landscape, challenges and opportunities including a focus on young people, tobacco and mental health.

Please book your free please here>

The face of youth smoking in the UK is evolving.  Young people are growing up in a society radically disrupted by new technologies and societal norms, which are reshaping their perceptions of personal health, image, and values.

New issues and age-old challenges: a review of young people’s relationship with tobacco, brings together the available evidence on youth smoking and articulates a clear demand for action across the system.

Martin Dockrell from Public Health England will chair the panel session.

Full agenda is available here>

Last chance to register for the E-Cigarette Summit 2016

There are only a few spaces left for the forthcoming E-Cigarette Summit which will take place in London on 17th November at The Royal Society.  If you would like to view the programme or book a place please go to www.e-cigarette-summit.com .

This year has an unrivalled line up of speakers including Prof Neal Benowitz a global expert on nicotine, Pro David Spiegelhalter who is the Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk from Oxford University and Tom Miller The Attorney General of Iowa, who historically led the successful multibillion dollar lawsuit against the tobacco industry for knowingly misrepresenting the risks of smoking.

At the Summit, AG Miller will look at whether the public are being given accurate information on e-cigarettes.

The key debates this year will include:

  • Communicating Research and Evidence on E-Cigarettes: How do you convey the relative risks of smoking and e-cigarettes based on what is currently known about them?

  • Should Nicotine Use Be Accepted in Society –  What are the absolute and relative risks?

  • Will regulation support or stifle the disruptive potential that e-cigarettes pose to the tobacco industry and smoking?

  • Can there be a balanced debate on e-cigarettes and harm reduction, when there is no consensus on where the “middle ground” lies.

2017 will be a watershed year for electronic cigarettes as new regulations come in to effect across Europe and America.   These first attempts to regulate an entirely novel product category will set the agenda for decades to come and is likely to be viewed as a pivotal era in both tobacco control and combustible tobacco use in the future.  On the International arena, The Summit  is immediately after FCTC COP7 and it will be the first opportunity to examine and discuss the scientific responses and reactions to the likely position that the WHO recommend on e-cigarettes and harm reduction. The importance of this cannot be underestimated. The role that the WHO and the FCTC play in setting public health agendas and tobacco control policies is the single most important framework that those dedicated to reducing smoking related and tobacco death and disease has worked within.

Good regulation and policy is essential to ensure that consumers and the broader public health are protected from corporate invested interests and that products are safe, effective and marketed appropriately. How far regulation has to go to deliver these goals can only be informed by well-structured research and balanced analysis and communication of evidence.  The E-Cigarette Summit has a single aim of facilitating respectful dialogue and thoughtful analysis of the latest evidence in context of public health concerns. Knowing how to accurately convey information to the public, especially adult smokers about the available evidence on the harm of e-cigarettes has also been a contentious issue.  The number of people who believe that vaping is as dangerous as smoking has tripled since 2012, which some would argue is an appropriate caution for an addictive product, but very few scientists would argue that this is an accurate assessment- given the known harms of smoking.

The E-Cigarette Summit provides a unique opportunity to examine the latest research and to discuss how the evidence should be interpreted and communicated to deliver the most effective health strategies to reduce smoking related death and disease.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof. Ann McNeill (Chair Person) – Professor of Tobacco Addiction (UKCTAS)
  • Attorney General Tom Miller – Attorney General for Iowa, USA
  • Prof Neal Benowitz – Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, USA
  • Prof. Jean Francois Etter – Professor of Public Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mr Ram Moorthy – Deputy Chair of the BMA board of science, British Medical Association (BMA)
  • Prof. Robert West – Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies (CRUK)
  • Tim Baxter – Head of Public Health Policy and Strategy Unit, Department of Health (DoH)
  • Martin Dockrell – Tobacco Lead, Public Health England (PHE), Alcohol Drugs and Tobacco
  • Beryl Keeley – E-cigarette Notification Scheme Lead, Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA)
  • Prof David Spiegelhalter – Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University
  • Tim Phillips – Managing Director, ECigIntelligence.com
  •  Louise Ross – Stop Smoking Services and Tobacco Control Manager, Leicestershire NHS Trust
  • Prof. Marcus Munafo  – Professor of Biological Psychology, University of Bristol
  • Prof. Peter Hajek – Professor of Clinical Psychology, Queen Mary University, London
  • Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos – Researcher, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre, Greece
  • Prof. Ricardo Polosa – Director of the Institute for Internal Medicine, University of Catania
  • Prof. Linda Bauld – Professor of Health Policy, University of Stirling and UKCTAS
  • Fraser Cropper – CEO,  Totally wicked and Chair of IBVTA (Independent British Vape Trade Association)
  • Dr Lynne Dawkins – Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Applied Sciences, London South Bank University
  • Deborah Arnott – Chief Executive Officer, Action on Smoking (ASH)
  • Prof Scott Leischow – Mayo Clinic, USA
  • Prof. David Abrams – Professor , The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public

To see the full agenda please go to www.e-cigarette-summit.com

Connecting worlds, Connecting the Public: When body art meets neuroscience

Engaging the public with research through novel collaborations

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room 130, Wolfson Institute – Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6BQ
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Reaching the public with research findings can be difficult. This event focuses on novel ways that audiences can engage with academic research, offers advice on raising funds to support these projects, and offers networking with a difference!

The event will help you think in a new way about your research as well as offering an opportunity to see how stand-up comedy, football, or even trapeze may help you reach a wide audience. Speakers include, a neuroscientist collaborating with an artist to use the human body as a canvas to raise awareness of mental illness; and an economist who engaged with a range of businesses to setup her own currency in Brixton.

The event will provide a relaxed and informative environment to hear about fascinating projects and to get you thinking about how you can involve the public with your findings outside of the academic world.

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