Developing meaningful tobacco product regulation in the UK
Ann McNeill, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, 2nd Floor Brook House, 2-16 Torrington Place, London, United Kingdom
The UK has recently made many positive strides forward to reduce the impact of tobacco on public health and progress made thus far will be discussed. Attempts to regulate the product itself have been more problematic and the history of product regulation in the UK and Europe will be critiqued. With the potential proliferation of nicotine products on the horizon and the consensus that all such products need to be regulated, there is now a need for more focus on nicotine and tobacco product regulation. This presentation will also outline the priorities and guiding principles for such regulation. In particular, it will discuss an appropriate product regulatory framework focusing on moving smokers along a continuum of nicotine delivery away from the most harmful delivery systems (cigarettes).