Background on INNCO

Formed in June 2016, INNCO is the collective voice for the most influential nicotine consumer organisations in twenty seven nicotine consumer organisations in twenty five countries across five continents who each recognise that there are safer ways to enjoy nicotine consumption than tobacco smoking.

There are currently estimated to be over 20.5 million consumers who have made an individual choice to switch to what they recognize is a significantly safer choice to combustible tobacco, including e-cigarettes, snus and other novel products.

INNCO aims to represent the views of consumers in promoting safer use of nicotine and to advocate for effective and proportionate regulation of safer nicotine products and their use. Representation includes engagement with international health, regulatory and public health organisations concerned with nicotine consumption, to assure that consumers are effectively and equally represented as stakeholders.

INNCO seeks to achieve this through promoting credible science and research into safer nicotine use and increasing awareness and understanding within public health of the risk reducing and life-saving potential of new technologies.

We seek to ensure, regionally and internationally:

  1. The recognition of the relative safety of smoke free nicotine products.
  2. The need to avoid disproportionate regulation on the manufacture, distribution and the (overly) restrictive consumer access to these products
  3. The taxation of products as consumer goods, with no tobacco duties or excises applied
  4. That any restrictions on use in public areas and work spaces are justified on the basis of verifiable evidence
  5. Any decisions made to restrict or limit the use of alternative nicotine products in private premises should be left to individual owners/managers.
  6. That there should be no bans on the sale, supply, possession and use of safer forms of smokeless tobacco (eg snus), vaping products and E-Liquid containing nicotine, and where currently illegal they should be made legal.

It is imperative that the WHO CoP do not directly or covertly seek to legitimize, condone or overlook regional regulations which seek to impose draconian bans or access to safer alternative nicotine products.

INNCO proposes that these goals are legitimate and are included in any legislative and regulatory frameworks that may be adopted in different jurisdictions.