About GTNF

“We can allow disruption to happen to us, or we can do it ourselves.”
David O’Reilly, group scientific and R&D director, British American Tobacco, and chairman emeritus, GTNF advisory board.


Change was already gathering pace in 2008, when the GTNF (then the Global Tobacco Networking Forum) was launched. Since then, we have kept pace with a rapidly transforming tobacco and nicotine landscape. Each year, we offer more participation, more networking opportunities, more key speakers from a wider range of stakeholder groups and greater transparency.

As a result, the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum (GTNF) has become the world’s foremost ideas and information exchange for the tobacco and nicotine industries and related stakeholders.

The forum is not just a meeting point for tobacco and nicotine executives. Each year, the GTNF attracts a wider range of influential voices from important stakeholders in areas such as public health, policymaking and international relations. In an industry undergoing historic change, we provide a unique space for delegates to hear and understand what these important voices have to say.

As a result, the GTNF is increasingly viewed as an ideal venue for debating the issues and seeking common ground in formal and informal encounters. Behind the success of the GTNF is a strong belief that deepening the conversation about tobacco, nicotine and public health can lead to more balanced and informed perceptions and decisions by all stakeholders.

Diverse locations. Diverse points of view.

The GTNF was launched in Rio de Janeiro in 2008. The event has since been held in Bangalore, India (2010); Antwerp, Belgium (2012); Cape Town, South Africa (2013); West Virginia, USA (2014); Bologna, Italy (2015); and Brussels, Belgium (2016).

Our host city for 2017 is New York City, USA. One of the world’s leading financial, diplomatic and cultural capitals, New York is famous for its 24/7 energy and entrepreneurial spirit, a perfect backdrop for a dynamic event.

Whatever the location, the GTNF event has sold out every year since 2012, so we invite you to secure your place for GTNF 2017 as soon as possible.


Elise Rasmussen is the founder and president of the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum (GTNF).
Rasmussen’s career in tobacco and nicotine spans more than 30 years. In that time, she has traveled all over the world, helping customers establish their brands and forging meaningful connections between industry leaders and other stakeholders.Rasmussen is the co-founder and chairwoman of Women In Tobacco, an association for women working in or connected with the tobacco and nicotine industries. Elise was awarded the freedom of the City of London in 2013. She is a court assistant of the Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders of the United Kingdom, one of the City of London’s historic livery companies, and a member of the membership committee.


For further details about GTNF 2017, please contact:

Elise Rasmussen (Founder and president, Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum (GTNF))
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 878 619

Candas Carmen (International sales consultant)
Tel: +1 404 509 5520

Kay O’Neill (Associate publisher/sales representative)
Tel: +1 919 872 4780

Rhonda Combs (Chief Financial Officer)
Tel: +1 919 327 1601