November 21, 2017
Walking into the majestic Royal Society building in London for the 5th E-Cigarette Summit, I was struck that the first painting of many great inventors visible in the vast rooms and stairways was that of Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. A new technology innovator, being honored in an old building. For me, attending the summit for the first time, and eager to listen and learn about the evolving science and policies related to e-cigarettes and other tobacco harm-reduction (THR) products, that painting set the stage for the content of the meeting. The well-developed field of tobacco control is now in transition. A focus on nicotine and novel products able to deliver nearly clean nicotine is challenging the strategies we have relied on since the 1970s to end smoking.