2019 AGENDA: Expect talking points that matter   


As in previous years, we are putting the finishing touches on a powerful and topical agenda for GTNF 2019. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers from the tobacco and nicotine industries as well as public health and legislative experts from around the world. 

Plenary panels and workshop sessions will address the latest and most vital issues that are shaping the future of the industry.

REGISTRATION DAY – Tuesday, Sept. 24

16:30–18:30 – Women in Tobacco meeting (sponsored by Altria)

18:30–22:00 – Welcome reception (sponsored by Altria)


DAY ONE – Wednesday, Sept. 25

07:45–08:35 – Breakfast (sponsored by Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.)

08:45–08:55 – Welcome

09:00–09:20 – Keynote – United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)

09:25–09:45 – Keynote – Howard Willard, chairman and CEO of Altria

09:50–10:20 – Keynote – Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products

10:25–11:10 – Plenary Panel A: More Choice, Less Risk: Truthful and Accurate Communications with Adult Tobacco Consumers

Moderator: Cheryl Olson, health behavior consultant. Panelists: David Abrams, professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at New York University; George Adams, cardiologist for Rex Healthcare at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; James Dobbins, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Turning Point Brands; David Sweanor, adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa

11:15–11:40 – Coffee break (sponsored by Tobacco Technology)


11:45–12:05 – Keynote – Konstantinos Farsalinos, research fellow at Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece

12:10–12:20 – Keynote – Marewa Glover, director of the Centre of Research Excellence on Indigenous Sovereignty and Smoking in New Zealand

12:25–13:10 – Plenary Panel B: The Geography of Nicotine

Moderator: Harry Shapiro, director of DrugWise. Panelists: Scott Ballin, health policy consultant; Clive Bates, director of Counterfactual; Martin Cullip, vaper, blogger and consumer advocate; Marewa Glover, director of the Centre of Research Excellence on Indigenous Sovereignty and Smoking.


13:15–14:15 – Lunch (sponsored by RAI)

14:20–14:40 – Keynote – Ricardo Oberlander, president and CEO of RAI

14:45–15:45 – Plenary Panel C: Combating Youth Usage

Moderator: Sally Satel, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and psychiatry lecturer at Yale University. Panelists: Jennifer Hunter, senior vice president of corporate citizenship for Altria Client Services; Brad Rodu, professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and senior scientist at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center; Michael D. Stein, professor of health law, policy and management at the Boston University School of Public Health.


15:50–16:15 – Coffee break


16:20–17:50 – Day one breakout sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4

Session 1: Investor Outlook

Session 2: Environmental Challenges

Session 3: The Role of Flavors and Nicotine in Consumer Acceptance of Nicotine Products

Session 4: Sales Channel Diversity

17:55 – End of day one                          

Reception and dinner (sponsored by BMJ)


DAY TWO – Thursday, Sept. 26

08:00–08:45 – Breakfast (sponsored by Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.)

08:50–08:55 – Welcome

09:00–09:20 – Keynote – Alison Cooper, CEO of Imperial Tobacco

09:25–09:45 – Keynote

09:50–10:10 – Keynote – Suzanne Wise, senior vice president of corporate development for JTI

10:15–11:00 – Plenary Panel D: Ensuring a Sustainable Value Chain

Moderator: Mike Ligon, vice president of corporate affairs for Universal Corporation. Panelists: Stephane Colard, project leader for Coresta; Jim Lutzweiler, vice president of agriculture and livelihoods for the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World; Jeff Stier, senior fellow for the Consumer Choice Center.


11:05–11:30 – Coffee break (sponsored by Boegli-Gravures S.A)


11:35–11:55 – Keynote – Marc Firestone, president of external affairs and general counsel for PMI

12:00–12:45 – Plenary Panel E: Science Supporting Product Standards

Moderator: TBC. Panelists: Sydana Rogers Hollins, senior director of operations support for Altria.


12:50–13:50 – Lunch (sponsored by AOI)


13:55–15:25 – Day two breakout sessions 5, 6 and 7

Session 5: Women as Change Agents

Session 6: Product Pathways

Session 7: Innovating for the Future


15:30–15:55 – Coffee break


16:00–16:20 – Keynote – Sello Motaung, senior specialist medical advisor for Medscheme in South Africa

16:25–17:25 – Plenary Panel F: Open Mic

Moderator: Mark Littlewood, director general for the Institute of Economic Affairs. Panelists: Sinclair Davidson, professor of institutional economics in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University and senior research fellow for the Institute of Public Affairs; Veronique de Rugy, senior research fellow for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and economist; Ray Niaura, professor of social and behavioral science for the College of Global Public Health at New York University; David O’Reilly, director of scientific research for British American Tobacco; Joe Murillo, senior vice president of regulatory affairs for Altria

17:30–17:45 – Last words

18:00–21:00 – Closing networking reception (sponsored by Madvapes and Turning Point Brands)

For further details, please contact:  

Elise Rasmussen

Executive Director, GTNF Trust

Email: elise@gtnf.org

Tel: +44 777 564 5048 (Mobile)


For all media inquiries, please contact the GTNF press office:

David Roach

Press Office

Email: david@davidroach.co.uk

Tel: +44 7757 719 948 (Mobile)