Health, Science, and Technology Newsletter Q4 2019 - Foundation for a Smoke-Free World



Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Health, Science, and Technology (HST) newsletter. This quarterly bulletin will provide news about smoking cessation and harm reduction research, as well as updates on our work. HST, a division of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, strives to advance global tobacco research to end smoking in this generation.

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Pictured: Foundation for a Smoke-Free World President Dr. Derek Yach and Professor Riccardo Polosa with researchers at the Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR).

Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR)
CoEHAR’s mission is to reduce the health impacts of smoking by accelerating research into cessation and harm reduction. Working at local, national, and global levels, the Center leverages the best cessation methods and innovative technologies to realize this goal. CoEHAR also acts as a global coordinating center, collaborating with academic institutions, non-profit and advocacy groups, and governmental organizations. Additionally, the Center coordinates relevant training, networking, and advocacy activities around the world, all with the goal of promoting innovation in smoking cessation and harm reduction science.

Under the direction of Professor Riccardo Polosa, the physicians and researchers of the CoEHAR have nurtured a truly interdisciplinary organization, carrying out work in five key areas: clinical and cohort studies, product characterization, wellness and lifestyle, technological innovation, and knowledge sharing. Though still in its early stages, CoEHAR has launched several important initiatives, including nine research projects on tobacco harm reduction. The International Summer School of Project Management, for example, drew more than 70 applications from young professionals from 20 different countries.

To read more about CoEHAR’s mission and work, click here.

Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP)
CDP is an employee-owned company that focuses on research and innovation in the healthcare and consumer markets. Their work in the area of reduced risk products (RRPs) has provided insights into the needs of smokers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and the barriers to adoption of RRPs in these settings.

With their project, “Looking to the Future: Emerging Innovations to End Smoking,” CDP examines the impediments to adoption of RRPs in countries with large numbers of smokers, including Russia, China, India, and Indonesia. The CDP team recently visited these four countries, where they conducted qualitative interviews and gathered personal stories from smokers. Based on these findings, they are now developing surveys to obtain quantitative information about why people start and continue to smoke, and if they have or would consider quitting or switching to RRPs. The team’s final report will include analysis around the four main pillars of its inquiry: consumer requirements, product technology, business case as well as regulatory and public health policy. This report, which is expected to be submitted by year’s end, holds potential to help to reduce the health risks of current smokers across the globe.

To read more about Cambridge Design Partnership, click here.

Tobacco and Nicotine Products Regulation and Policy Conference
Washington, DC, October 24-25, 2019
This two-day conference, organized by the Food and Drug Law Institute, brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss regulation of the broad range of tobacco and nicotine products available in the U.S. and globally. Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, shared the latest updates on regulations, guidance documents, and other initiatives.

World Health Summit (WHS) 2019
Berlin, Germany, October 27-29, 2019
The WHS aims to improve health globally by promoting an agenda devoted to research, education, healthcare, and policy outcomes. The organization also seeks to stimulate collaboration and open dialogue. In that spirit, WHS 2019 convened some 3,000 researchers, physicians, and government officials, as well as representatives from industry, nongovernmental organizations and healthcare systems. The goal of this conference is to address the most pressing issues that will affect healthcare in the coming decade and beyond.

25th Annual Duke Nicotine Research Conference
Durham, North Carolina, October 31, 2019
The Duke Center for Smoking Cessation hosted its 25th
 Annual Duke Nicotine Research Conference. This year’s theme was “Treating the Dark Side of Tobacco Addiction: Alleviating Physical and Emotional Pain.” The all-day symposium explored smoking cessation through the lens of the intricate relationship between emotional and physical pain. Leading experts presented current research findings on this topic.

The E-Cigarette Summit: Science, Regulation, & Public Health
London, UK, November 14, 2019
The UK has emerged as an active proponent of tobacco harm reduction coupled with stringent tobacco control measures. The E-Cigarette Summit welcomes international scientists, public health professionals, and policy makers who are looking to establish their own regulatory framework in the context of new nicotine products. The summit seeks to facilitate respectful dialogue and thoughtful analysis of the latest research, and will foster discussion of how new evidence should be interpreted and communicated to deliver strategies that effectively reduce smoking-related death and disease.

Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) 26th Annual Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana, March 11-14, 2020
SRNT’s Annual Meeting provides an excellent opportunity for attendees of all backgrounds to participate in a high-caliber discussion of research and practice in the field of nicotine and tobacco research.

The deadline for “rapid response” abstract submission is December 13, 2019.


Interested in working with the Foundation to advance science and innovation that will save lives worldwide? Keep a lookout for our next request for proposals. Alternatively, you may contact us directly at to discuss any ideas you might have on how to end smoking in this generation. We seek partnerships with public and private organizations that have experience working on tobacco issues in countries where most smokers live; we are also interested in collaborating with organizations not currently working on smoking, but that are interested in applying their expertise to this major global health challenge. To learn more about our agenda and opportunities to work with us, click here.




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