A public lecture given by Prof Gerry Stimson, Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London
Introduced by Prof David Nutt, Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London
Organised by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum
Livery Hall, Guildhall, London, April 14th 2016
Slides from the lecture may be found here.
A note on the lecture: Drugs harm reduction – as a response to HIV/AIDS – included the adoption of a wide range of radical harm reduction interventions and was a public health success. It remains an established part of the professional Public Health agenda. In contrast the Public Health response to e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction has ranged from the negative to the cautious. The recent Public Health England report is exceptional for its endorsement of e-cigarettes. Gerry Stimson will argues that e-cigarettes have the potential to make a huge impact on reducing smoking. The health movement to safer nicotine products is unusual in that it was an unplanned public health intervention that has come about at no cost to the taxpayer. It is an example of public health objectives being achieved without the aid of Public Health.
Gerry Stimson: Freedom of the City of London
On the same day as the lecture Gerry Stimson was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. One of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence, is believed to have been first presented in 1237. Privileges include the right to drive sheep across London Bridge, to carry and draw a sword in the City, and to be hung by a silk cord!