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Meet David Burns from Australia and Karen Potter from New Zealand, first-time attendees at #GFN, sharing their insights on the conference.


0:00 - Intro
0:10 - David Burns
2:14 - Karen Potter
4:27 - Outro


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Joanna Junak: Hello, what's your name and where are you from?

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David Burns: My name is David Burns and I'm from Australia.

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Joanna Junak: And what do you do? What is your background?

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David Burns: So I'm a director of a company Bay Pharma and we operate in Australia and supply vaporized nicotine products through the prescription only model that exists there.

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Joanna Junak: And is this your first time at GFN conference?

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David Burns: Yes, it is.

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Joanna Junak: And what is your thoughts?

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David Burns: I really enjoyed it. It's been a very enthusiastic group. It's been great to get the international perspective and just to see how each region and country is dealing with different issues around tobacco harm reduction and it's been very informative and I've enjoyed it very much so far.

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Joanna Junak: And which sessions has been most interesting for you so far?

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David Burns: I've quite enjoyed the new products that have been around. There was a discussion on clinical trials and there was also a discussion on recycling that I was involved in. It's been quite varied and I've taken something from each of the sessions, I think, so far.

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Joanna Junak: This year's strapline is "Tobacco Harm Reduction: The Next Decade". What do you think needs to change within the next 10 years?

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David Burns: I think the message needs to be delivered more effectively and we see that there's been a mobilization of the anti-tobacco harm reduction over the last number of years and some of the messaging is been quite difficult to challenge. But I think the key is to stick with the message, be effective in delivering it. And I think if we can do that well over the next decade, then I think we'll have some more success as time goes on.

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Joanna Junak: Right. Thank you so much.

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David Burns: Great. Thank you.

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Joanna Junak: Hello. What's your name and where are you from? I'm Karen Potter and I'm from New Zealand. And what do you do? What's you background?

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Karen Potter: I'm a research assistant for the Centre for Research Ethics on Indigenous Sovereignty and Smoking. And we research a lot about the higher rates of smoking for indigenous people around the world, and especially in New Zealand.

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Joanna Junak: Is this your first time at GFN conference? Yes, it is.

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Karen Potter: Yes, it is.

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Joanna Junak: And what are your thoughts?

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Karen Potter: I think it's amazing hearing lots of perspectives from not only people that work in the industry, tobacco health and harm reduction, but also the consumers and their thoughts and problems that they have working through with regulations, prohibition, monetary state.

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Joanna Junak: And what topic on the conference seems to be most interested for you?

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Karen Potter: Well, the other day I went to Colin Mendelsohn's panel discussion because Australia, our neighbours next door, are in the middle of making vaping almost prohibitive for vapers throughout Australia, having to go to the doctor, get a prescription... So I found that really interesting because we're right next door, we're in an election year, there'll be pressure on our government maybe to follow suit.

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Joanna Junak: And this year's strap line is "Tobacco Harm Reduction: The Next Decade". What do you think needs to change in 10 years?

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Karen Potter: I would like to see there be less information about all sorts of things, tobacco, nicotine, everything, and that governments are quicker to squash, and WHO, quicker to squash misinformation and actually say the real deal when it happens. Great, thank you so much. Thank you.