Indonesia | 9 November 2017 | Shangri-La Hotel AHRF Jakarta 2017

Convening for the first time in November 2017, the Asia Harm Reduction Forum gathered health practitioners, policymakers, academics, and consumers from countries across Asia to facilitate exchanges on smoking alternatives and measures. The regional forum, hosted by Indonesia, was organized by the Yayasan Pemerhati Kesehatan Publik (YPKP), a non-governmental organization that promotes public awareness on health issues in the country. The discussions shed light on the concept and status of tobacco harm reduction based on three perspectives: consumers, policy, and science.

Event Highlights and Features:

The Search for Less Harmful Alternatives: Consumer Perspective (Session 1)

Tobacco Harm Reduction Landscape: Global and Asian Policy Perspective (Session 2)

Validating the Science behind Tobacco Harm Reduction: Scientific Perspective (Session 3)

Asians seek less harmful alternatives to smoking 

“Consumers are at the heart of the debate on harm reduction. Customers should have options to choose which ways work best for them in alienating tobacco addiction and that government shouldn’t ban but provide necessary regulation.

Jeannie Cameron, CEO and Managing Director of JCIC International in Australia

Philippines | 14 November 2018 | Dusit Thani Hotel AHRF Manila 2018

Backed by the growing body of literature, experts and academics encouraged legislators in Asia to embrace harm reduction strategies in the creation of public health policies and programs. Research studies presented by the speakers revealed the benefits of tobacco smoking and nicotine delivery alternatives, thus highlighting the need for the dissemination of accurate information across the region. Co-organized by Harm Reduction Alliance of the Philippines (HARAP) and Yayasan Pemerhati Kesehatan Publik Indonesia (YPKP), the second forum amplified the previous call among governments to allow and regulate the use of smoke-free alternatives – an initiative that can protect the health and well-being of the general public.

Event Highlights and Features:

Harm reduction seen to stem Asia’s smoking epidemic

“Many Asian countries remain very skeptical about tobacco harm reduction… Regulators need to see that tobacco harm reduction is potentially the most effective solution to solving the smoking epidemic in Asia.”

Prof. Ron Christian Sison, HARAP Lead Convenor

South Korea | 29 August 2019 | GLAD Hotel Yeouido AHRF Seoul 2019

Featuring a line-up of international speakers, the third AHRF expounded the importance of policy interventions, public-private partnerships, and technological innovation in addressing the smoking epidemic in Asia. More than 100 experts from 18 countries including the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Greece, Australia, and Asian countries gathered to exchange insights from the scientific, public health, regulatory and social perspectives. The AHRF 2019 was co-hosted by the Korea Harm Reduction Association (KHRA) and Yayasan Pemerhati Kesehatan Publik Indonesia (YPKP).

Event Highlights and Features:

Harm Reduction Overview

Harm Reduction Applications and Views from Korea

Innovators hold the key to ending smoking epidemic

E-cigarettes touted as potential healthier alternative for smokers at Asia Harm Reduction Forum

Understanding aspects and applications of Harm Reduction in Asia

We are responsible for telling the truth to the public, and we will let everyone choose whatever is in their own best interests.

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, Cardiologist and Research Fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens-Greece

Harm reduction aims to decrease the harm, through implementing a long-term plan while constantly raising the awareness of its harmful effects.

Prof. Emeritus OkRyun Moon, KHRA Chairman