"GTNF 2018, held in London this September, is the place to be for everyone who wants to listen to, speak to, criticize and monitor the tobacco and nicotine businesses. Today, in an era of intense and unprecedented transformation in the development of tobacco harm reduction products, we have the opportunity to make tobacco cigarettes obsolete. 

GTNF is the place for the public health community to evaluate the motives, decisions and strategies of the tobacco and nicotine businesses, and to encourage (if not force) them to focus on low-risk products. 

Instead of ‘hiding,' I see the GTNF as an opportunity for these businesses to clearly state that: "we are here; we do not want to forget past mistakes but we are willing to learn from them and move forward to a better future for smokers.” 

Konstantinos Farsalinos, research fellow, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center (Athens, Greece)



Where next with innovation and harm reduction?


REGISTRATION DAY – Tuesday September 11

11:00 – 18:00 – Registration

16:00 – 18:00 – Women In Tobacco (WIT) Event – Speaker: Holly Koeppel, non-executive director, BAT (at Aqua Nueva, 240 Regent Street) (sponsored by BAT)

18.30 – 22:30 – Welcome Reception (at Aqua Nueva, 240 Regent Street) (sponsored by BAT)


DAY ONE – Wednesday September 12 

07:15 – 08:25 – Breakfast (sponsored by Universal Leaf)

08:30 – 08:40 - Welcome/Open Event - Michiel Reerink, vice president, global regulatory strategy, JTI, and chairman, GTNF Advisory Board. 

08:45 – 09:10 – Keynote #1 – Jerry Abelman, director, legal and external affairs and general counsel, BAT

09:15 – 09:40 – Keynote #2 – Vaping as harm reduction. Matt Ridley, author and member of the House of Lords

09:45 – 10:10 - Keynote #3 – Clive Bates, director, Counterfactual (consultancy and advocacy group).

10:15 – 10:40 – COFFEE

10:45 – 11:45Plenary Panel Discussion #1: The future (or end) of nicotine. Moderator: Clive Bates. Panelists: Karl Fagerström, clinical psychologist, Smokers Information Center, Sweden; Martin Jarvis, emeritus professor of health psychology, Department of Behavioural Science and Health, University College London (UCL); Helen Redmond, tobacco harm reduction consultant, Nicotine Harm Reduction Consultants; Louise Ross, harm reduction consultant, National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (UK).

12:00 – 13:00 – Plenary Panel Discussion #2: Tobacco transformation in Japan: History in the making?  Moderator: Delon Human, president and CEO, Health Diplomats (Switzerland). Panelists: Marewa Glover, director, Centre of Research Excellence on Indigenous Sovereignty and Smoking (New Zealand); Hiroya Kumamaru, cardiovascular surgeon and vice-director AOI International Hospital (Japan); Kgosi Letlape, president, Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and president, Association of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA);; Tikki Pang, visiting professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Rupert Wilson, owner and managing director, Strategic Business Consulting (UK). 

13:00  - 14:00 – LUNCH (sponsored by Moon/Hengfeng Paper) 

14:05 – 14:20 – Keynote #4a – Risks, costs and liberties. John O’Sulllivan, senior fellow, National Review Institute, New York and president, Danube Institute, Budapest. 

14:20 – 14:30 – Keynote #4b - A new recipe for a better world: Nine parts innovation, one part regulation. Jeff Stier, senior fellow, Consumer Choice Center.   

14:30 – 14:40 - Keynote #4c Smoke Free: how soon and what will it take? Mark Kehaya, chairman, AMV Holdings, LLC

14:45 – 15:45 - Plenary Panel Discussion #3: Risk communication. Moderator: David Sweanor, adjunct professor of law, University of Ottawa. Panelists: Joe Murillo, senior vice president, regulatory affairs, Altria; Rajesh N. Sharan, professor, radiation and molecular biology unit, Department of Biochemistry, North-Eastern Hill University (India); Chris Snowdon, director, Lifestyle Economics Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) 

15:50 – 16:10 - COFFEE


16:15 – 17:45 – Breakout Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4

Session #1: Latest innovations - improving the consumer experience ATLAS ROOM  Moderator: Mark Kehaya,. Panelists: Oliver Kershaw, founder,, CEO, and director, Xolo Ltd;  Andrej Kuttruf, founder and CEO, Evapo (UK);  Rolf Lutz, director of product policy, PMI; Neil McCallum, CEO, JAC Vapour Ltd; Marina Trani, head of R&D, next generation products, BAT; Paul Triniman, CEO, Kind Consumer; Eve Wang, marketing director, Smoore Technology (Vaporesso) (Shenzhen); James Xu, CEO, Avail Vapor Co.                                                            

Session #2: Finding common ground in addiction. COMPASS ROOM

Moderator: Carrie Wade, director of harm reduction policy and senior fellow, R Street Institute. Panelists: Karl Fagerström; Olivier George, associate professor, Scripps Research Institute (California); Ehsan Latif, director of programs, health and smoking control, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Session #3: TPD2 and Brexit. GLOBE ROOM Moderator: Charlie Cunningham-Reid, head of corporate affairs and communications, JTI UK. Panelists: Simon Clark, director, Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (FOREST); Martin Cullip, vaper, blogger and consumer advocate; John Dunne, managing director, E-Liquid Brands, board director and spokesperson, UK VIA and vaping industry consultant; Cecilia Kindstrand, director of EU public affairs, Swedish Match; Andrew Lilico, executive director and principal, Europe Economics; Chris Snowdon

Session #4: Analysing the future: reassessing the role of risk-reduced products. HORIZON ROOM:  Moderator: Erik Bloomquist, analyst, tobacco sector. Panelists: Jonathan Fell, partner and co-founder, Ash Park Capital; Pamela Kaufman, equity research analyst (tobacco and packaged food), Morgan Stanley; Pieter Vorster, director, equity research, Credit Suisse (consumer staples team); Rupert Wilson.

18:00 – 18:30 Travel to reception and dinner – GUILDHALL LONDON 

19:00 – 20:00 – Networking Reception 

20:00 – late – GTNF 2018 Reception and Dinner (sponsored by BMJ)


DAY TWO – Thursday 13 September

07:30 – 08:40 – Breakfast (sponsored by Universal Leaf)

08:45 – 08:50 - Welcome/Open Day 2

09:00 - 09:25 – Keynote #5 – Suzanne Wise, senior vice president, corporate development, JTI

09:30 – 09:55 – Keynote #6 – Derek Yach, president, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

10:00 – 10:25 – COFFEE

10:30 – 10:55 – Keynote #7 – Peter Nixon, managing director, Philip Morris Ltd, UK and Ireland.

11:00 – 12:00 – Plenary Panel Discussion #4: Role of flavors in tobacco harm reduction Moderator: Sudhanshu Patwardhan, senior international engagement manager, global, BAT. Panelists: Judy Gibson, membership director, INNCO; Maria Gogova, managing director, regulatory affairs, science strategy and analysis, Altria Client Services; Neil McKeganey, director, Centre for Substance Use Research, University of Glasgow; Cécile Sinkinson, E-vapor product design manager, reduced risk products, JTI

12:05  - 13:15 – LUNCH (sponsored by Alliance One International) (AOI)

13:20 – 14:20 Plenary Panel Discussion #5 – One step forward, two steps back: is regulation advancing or obstructing THR?

Moderator: David Sweanor. Panelists: Germana Barba, vice president, regulatory affairs, PMI; Clive Bates; Marewa Glover; David Levy, professor of oncology, Georgetown University; Tim Phillips, managing director, E-Cig Intelligence

14:25 – 14:45 COFFEE


14:50 - 16:20 – Sessions 5,6,7

Session #5: Reducing the risks from smoking – a new US regulatory framework. ATLAS ROOM

Moderator: Brittani Cushman, vice president of external affairs, Turning Point Brands; Panelists: George Adams, cardiologist, Rex Healthcare, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Qingyuan Hu, general director, China National Tobacco Quality and Supervision Center, (CNTQSTC), Zhengzhou; Diane Raverdy-Lambert, chief scientist and director of regulatory affairs, SWM International; Valerie Solomon, managing counsel, RAI Services Co. 

Session #6: Sustainability and economic development. GLOBE ROOM Moderator: Mike Ligon, vice president, corporate affairs, Universal Corporation. Panelists: Mubina Asaf, head of legal and external affairs, BAT, (Bangladesh); François Baird, communication and management strategy consultant, director, Baird’s CMC. Sinclair Davidson, professor of Institutional Economics, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University (Aus.,), and senior research fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Jim Lutzweiler, vice-president, agriculture and livelihoods, Foundation For a Smoke-Free World

Session #7: Good science/bad science: THR research – unanswered questions. HORIZON ROOM. Moderator: Martin Jarvis. Panelists: Konstantinos Farsalinos, research fellow, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, (Athens); Marina Murphy, science communications and engagement professional; Ray Niaura, director of science and training, Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Legacy; Riccardo Polosa, director, Institute for Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology; professor of internal medicine; founder and supervisor, Center for Tobacco Research, University of Catania

16:25 – 16:45 – COFFEE

16:50 – 17:50 – Plenary Panel #6/Open Mic. Moderator: Mark Littlewood, director general, Institute of Economic Affairs. Panelists: Moira Gilchrist, vice president scientific and public communications, PMI; Delon Human; Mark Kehaya; Joe Murillo; Chris Proctor, chief scientific officer, BAT; Michiel Reerink; David Sweanor; Jeff Stier.

17:55 – 18:15 - Last Word & official close of GTNF 2018

18:30 – 20:30 – Networking Reception (sponsored by members of the GTNF vaping community)