Delegates from some of INNCO’s 37 Member Organizations in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia will gather in London on 8 November to applaud the UK government’s evidence-based support for tobacco harm reduction, and to highlight the importance of the 9th Conference of Parties (COP9) of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which begins that day.

The International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations (INNCO) is a non-profit alliance of 37 volunteer-led Member Organizations around the world.  We support the rights of 98 million adults who use safer nicotine to avoid toxic forms of tobacco.  INNCO is funded by individual contributions from thousands of adult ex-smokers, and by a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW).  The FSFW is a US nonprofit 501(c)(3) private foundation with a mission to end smoking in this generation.

INNCO is independent.  Our mission, purpose and goals are driven by our Member Organizations, not industry.  Not governments.  Not foundations.  INNCO Member Organizations are all led by unpaid volunteers (ex-smokers) who, as a condition of membership, agree not to accept funding or direction from industry.  This London event and this document are the sole responsibility of INNCO members.

“We are ex-smokers who use safer nicotine to save our own lives,” said Charles Gardner, PhD, INNCO’s Executive Director.  “Many of us, around the world, face stigma for using nicotine, a drug that is no more harmful to health than caffeine.”  Dr. Gardner added, “A global misinfodemic is now spreading worldwide, and the only cure is to embrace evidence and evidence-based policies such as those in the United Kingdom.”

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