The E-Cigarette Summit UK will return to the Royal College of Physicians in London on 5th December 2024.  If you would like to attend the USA Summit in Washington D.C on May 14 2024, please click here

The information on this site currently relates to the 2023 Summit and we will be updating the speakers and programme later in the year.  If you would like to view the 2023 videos, these are now available on the Agenda page or via the link below.

The E-Cigarette Summit 2023, was held at the Royal College of Physicians in London on the 16th November.  With over 500 participants it was a busy and fast paced day.  We would like to thank our speakers for helping develop a challenging and thoughtful programme.

The UK has been a pioneer in both supporting and integrating tobacco harm reduction, but is experiencing a significant rise in youth use of e-cigarettes, particularly disposables.  The critical question is “Are we  getting it right and do we like the road we have started on?”

The E-Cigarette Summit has a single aim of facilitating respectful dialogue and thoughtful analysis of the science and provide a neutral platform to explore how the evidence should be interpreted to deliver the most effective health strategies to end smoking related death and disease.

The 2023 Opening Keynote was delivered by Professor Caitlin Notley – Professor of Addiction Sciences, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (UEA)  and the Closing Keynote by Professor Robert West – Professor Emeritus of Health Psychology, University College London (UCL)

We Are Hybrid

The E-Cigarette Summit will continue with a hybrid format which offers an interactive live and on-demand viewing option for those that are unable to join us in person. We aim to maximise the experience for everyone and all Summit participants will  have access to the event app where they can view the Speaker slides, submit and answer questions and participate in the active chat/discussion.

We will “live stream” the Summit as per the agenda (UK GMT)  Individual videos of speaker presentations and the panel discussions will be added to the virtual platform within 48 hours of the live event for you to watch/re-watch later.  The app will be live for 3 months after the event.


Prof Ann McNeill

Professor of Tobacco Addiction,

Kings College London

Prof Ann McNeill, Professor of Tobacco Addiction & Vice Dean, Kings College London


Deborah Arnott

Chief Executive

Action on Smoking and Health

Hazel Cheeseman

Deputy Chief Executive & Policy Director

ASH (Action on Smoking & Health)

Ben Youdan


ASH New Zealand

Louise Ross

Clinical Consultant, NCSCT

Chair and Mental Health Lead, New Nicotine Alliance

Prof Lion Shahab

Professor of Health Psychology, University College London

Co-Director of the UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group

Clive Bates


Counterfactual Consulting Ltd

Tim Phillips

Managing Director


Dr Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh

Professor of Hospital Management and Health Economics and Deputy Dean (Relation & Wealth Creation)

Faculty of Medicine, UKM Medical Centre

Ailsa Rutter OBE


Fresh and Balance

Prof Tikki Pang

Former Director, Research, Policy & Cooperation, World Health Organization

Geneva, Switzerland

Prof Ann McNeill

Professor of Tobacco Addiction

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London

Eve Taylor MSc

PHD Student and Research Assistant - Nicotine Research Group

King's College London (KCL)

Prof Virginia Berridge

Professor of History and Health Policy, Centre for History in Public Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Craig Copland

Head of E-Cigarettes, Healthcare, Quality and Access Group

MHRA - The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Rachel McIlvenna

Smokefree NHS Strategic Manager

North East and North Cumbria ICB


Director of Public Health Analysis

Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID)

Martin Dockrell

Tobacco Control Programme Lead

Office of Health Improvement & Disparities (OHID)

Pascal Diethelm



Dr Ruth Sharrock

Clinical Lead for Tobacco Dependency for the North East & North Cumbria ICS

Respiratory Consultant, Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Gateshead

Professor Robert West

Professor Emeritus of Health Psychology

University College London

Sarah Jackson

Principal Research Fellow Behavioural Science and Health

University College London (UCL)

Dr Harry Tattan-Birch

Research Fellow

University College London (UCL)

Prof Sanjay Agrawal

Professor of Respiratory Science, Institute of Lung Health

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Special Advisor on Tobacco, Royal College of Physicians

Prof Caitlin Notley

Chair of Addiction Sciences

University of East Anglia

Assistant Prof Jamie Hartmann-Boyce

Assistant Professor in Health Promotion and Policy

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Prof Peter Hajek

Director of the Health and Lifestyle Research Unit

Wolfson Institute of Population Health, Queen Mary University of London

Assoc Prof Abigail S. Friedman

Department of Health Policy & Management

Yale School of Public Health


The E-Cigarette Summit provides an evidence based environment that encourages open and respectful dialogue on the key science and current public health topics. The format includes high level briefings from global experts followed by panel discussions and audience Q&A.

  • Do e-cigarettes increase youth smoking? The current state of evidence on gateway
  • Is vaping effective and safe
  • Why do countries have different policies on e-cigarettes?
  • E-cigarettes and tobacco control in Great Britain: Where are we now and why
  • Disposable vapes in Great Britain: Impact and Implications
  • Packaging policy to reduce youth e-cigarette use
  • Risk perceptions of e-cigarettes
  • Harm reduction beyond e-cigarettes: how do heated tobacco products compare?
  • The MHRA and the E-Cigarette Notification Scheme
  • Swap to Stop: how vaping has become mainstream
  • The smoking endgame and youth vaping in New Zealand
  • THR and the tobacco control
  • Tobacco Harm Reduction in Southeast Asia-Challenges and Opportunities
  • Keeping our eyes on the prize in nicotine and tobacco policy


  • Regulators and policy/government advisors
  • Scientific/academic research community
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups/PCT’s
  • Smoking cessation practitioners/services
  • Health charities and health campaigners
  • Public health and tobacco control professionals
  • Medical/clinical health practitioners
  • Industry and other stakeholders

The Summit independently provides hosted places for vapers and individuals without funding to attend.  Please email info@smooth-events.com


  • Regulators and policy/government advisors
  • Scientific/research community
  • Smoking cessation practitioners/services
  • Health charities and health campaigners
  • Public health professionals and academics
  • Medical and health practitioners
  • Industry and other stakeholders

The Summit independently provides hosted places for vapers and individuals without funding to attend.  These places are discretionary and are considered on a case by case basis.  If you would like to find out more please contact us by email on info@smooth-events.com