Global Tobacco Regulators Forum

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th July 2021.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government will be represented at the next meeting of the Global Tobacco Regulators Forum.

Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who will be representing the Government at the next meeting of the Global Tobacco Regulators Forum.

Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on whether records of previous Global Tobacco Regulators Forums meetings which UK representatives have attended (a) exist and (b) are publicly available.

Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to encourage other Parties at the forthcoming Global Tobacco Regulators Forums meeting to adopt harm reduction based alternatives to tobacco.

Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government plans to take at the Global Tobacco Regulators Forum to encourage other parties to meet their treaty obligations on harm reduction under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what oversight the Government has over its representatives at the Global Tobacco Regulators Forum meetings.

Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to tackle potential misinformation on e-cigarettes at the Global Tobacco Regulators Forum meeting.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Fifth meeting of Global Tobacco Regulators Forum (GTRF) took place virtually from 7 to 9 July. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) No Tobacco Unit in the Health Promotion Department hosts the GTRF meetings. Papers for the meetings are not publicly available from the WHO.

Officials from the Department’s tobacco control policy team attended to represent the United Kingdom as leads and experts in tobacco control policy. This year’s meeting was attended by civil servants from the Tobacco Control team. Officials will report back to senior officials and Ministers with any key outcomes. The Department holds notes on previous GTRF forums.

Officials updated the GTRF on the UK’s tobacco control work and evidence-based position on harm reduction alternatives to tobacco, such as e-cigarettes. We also presented global evidence about harm reduction alternatives, and tackle any misinformation. We recognise that they play a vital role in helping smokers to quit and we will continue to advocate for their use as part of a comprehensive approach.

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