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The Global Forum on Nicotine: Exploring Tobacco Harm Reduction

The Global Forum on Nicotine: Exploring Tobacco Harm Reduction

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The Global Forum on Nicotine: Exploring Tobacco Harm Reduction

The Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) serves as a pivotal platform for dialogue and debate surrounding tobacco harm reduction. Organized annually by London-based Knowledge Action Change Limited (KAC), this conference brings together stakeholders from various sectors to discuss emerging developments in nicotine science, public policy, and regulatory landscapes.

Unlike the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum (GTNF), which is an industry-centric event, the GFN focuses on advancing understanding and promoting safer alternatives to smoking. With a mission to foster informed discussions across diverse sectors, the GFN plays a crucial role in shaping the future of tobacco control and public health initiatives.


Since its inception in 2014, the GFN has provided a platform for addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by new nicotine delivery systems and lower-risk alternatives to smoking. Recognizing the evolving landscape of nicotine consumption, the conference aims to facilitate dialogue among consumers, researchers, regulators, public health experts, and industry stakeholders.

Traditionally held in Poland, the GFN adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by transitioning to an online format in 2020. The subsequent year saw the conference return to an in-person format in Liverpool, England. In 2022, the GFN convened in Warsaw under the theme "Tobacco Harm Reduction – Here for Good," exploring topics such as misinformation challenges, tobacco industry transformation, and regulatory impacts on smoking cessation efforts.

Central to the GFN are its discussion panels, film festival, and keynote address, the Michael Russell Oration, which honors individuals for their contributions to the science and understanding of safer nicotine products and tobacco harm reduction.

Exploring Tobacco Harm Reduction

One of the primary objectives of the GFN is to advocate for tobacco harm reduction strategies that prioritize public health and safety. By fostering open dialogue and collaboration, the forum seeks to address misinformation, promote evidence-based policies, and support initiatives that empower individuals to make informed choices about nicotine consumption.

While the GFN acknowledges the complexities of tobacco control efforts, it underscores the importance of exploring harm reduction approaches as a viable means of reducing smoking-related morbidity and mortality. Through innovative research, policy advocacy, and community engagement, the GFN strives to advance the global agenda for tobacco harm reduction.


The Global Forum on Nicotine serves as a beacon of hope in the fight against smoking-related harms. By fostering collaboration and innovation, the GFN empowers stakeholders to address the multifaceted challenges of tobacco control and embrace evidence-based solutions. As we navigate the complexities of nicotine consumption and public health, initiatives like the GFN play a pivotal role in shaping a safer and healthier future for all.

For more information on the Global Forum on Nicotine and its initiatives, visit here.

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