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Dialogues on Tobacco, Nicotine, and Alternative Products Harm Reduction

The Institute for Environmental Negotiation facilitated The Dialogues on Tobacco, Nicotine, and Alternative Products Harm Reduction from 2011-2018. The Dialogues gave stakeholders and experts an opportunity to meet in a safe haven and have honest, constructive conversations about how to move forward in this new regulatory environment.

The Core Principles concerning the implementation of effective and workable tobacco, nicotine, and alternative products policies for reducing disease and death from tobacco use are in the process of being revised following the November, 2018 Dialogue. 

2018 Dialogue

The sixth Morven Dialogue convened in November 2018 brought together 32 experts from around the world, representing a broad range of U.S. and global interests and expertise. Initiated in 2011, the Morven Dialogues have produced and continually updated a robust and detailed set of 10 Core Principles to provide guidance to state, federal, and global policy makers on ways to reduce disease and death from tobacco use.

  • A Dialogue Summary for this meeting can be found here.
  • The press release can be found here.

2015 Dialogue

The fifth Dialogue convened near Washington, D.C. in October 2015. The session focused on identifying options to advance and implement the Core Principles. The conversation resulted in one edit to Core Principle #8 and recommendations for furthering the objectives associated with each Core Principle.

  • A Dialogue Summary for this meeting can be found here
  • The revised Core Principles (updated in 2019) can be found here

2014 Dialogue

In October 2014, a diverse group of 40 individuals met outside of Washington DC to participate in the fourth Dialogue, titled “Building on the Core Principles: Next Steps for the Implementation of a Rational Approach to the Regulation of All Tobacco, Nicotine, and Alternative Products.” The goal of this Dialogue was to review and refine the Core Principles, and to move the discussion towards implementation. The discussions held over the two-day event resulted in several minor modifications to the existing text, as well as the addition of one new Core Principle on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).

2013 Morven Dialogue

In June 2013, approximately 20 people of diverse backgrounds convened at Morven for the third in a series of ongoing dialogues conducted by the IEN., which were a continuation of earlier dialogues conducted in the 1990s between the public health community and tobacco producers. These efforts complement other dialogues and engagements that have been conducted and facilitated by the Food and Drug Administration and the Food and Drug Law Institute.

Participants developed Core Principles which were intended to give guidance to stakeholders regarding the challenges and opportunities in harm reduction. 

2012 Morven Dialogue

In May 2012 a second dialogue held at Morven centered around “The Changing Environment of Tobacco, Nicotine and Alternative Product Regulation: Developing a More Coherent and Rational Approach.”  Due to FDA oversight, scientific research, innovation, and competition are changing very rapidly. This dynamic environment is influencing the development of new products, and the modification of existing ones, prompting tobacco stakeholders to consider how this growing spectrum of products might be better regulated based on risks, relative risks, and intended uses. The dialogue in May gave stakeholders and experts an opportunity to meet in a safe haven and have honest, constructive conversations about how to move forward in this new regulatory environment.

  • The 2012 meeting proceedings can be found here.

2011 Morven Dialogue

The topic of the first dialogue was focused on the ethics and viability of corporate (tobacco, pharmaceutical, biotech, food, or other) funding that would support sound research and also protect the integrity of the research, the researcher and the academic institution. The March 2011 dialogue entitled “Using Corporate Funding to Support Independent Harm Reduction Research,” was attended by some two dozen people of highly diverse interests. Participants produced a set of consensus Core Principles that was released in October 2011.

  • An overview of the 2011 Dialogue can be found here.
  • The Resolution that resulted from the 2011 Dialogue is available here