Charles A Gardner Leaves INNCO

The wonderful Tobacco Harm Reduction advocate Charles A Gardner PhD has announced his departure from INNCO.

This is now public:

“The Governing Board of INNCO wishes to notify its members and the general public of the departure of INNCO’s former Executive Director, Charles A. Gardner PhD.”

— Charles A. Gardner, PhD (@ChaunceyGardner) February 13, 2023

I depart @INNCOorg with great love and immense respect for all INNCO country members, the Governing Board and Secretariat members.

— Charles A. Gardner, PhD (@ChaunceyGardner) February 14, 2023

INNCO (International Network of Nicotine Consumers Organisations) is a non-profit alliance of 32 independent volunteer led member organisations worldwide.

Charles was previously the Executive Director of INNCO. You only have to Google his name to see the amount of effort he has put in to educate on THR (Tobacco Harm Reduction) and expose misinformation.

During his time in this role he was responsible for leading the INNCO Secretariat to support members and push forward the global movement for THR.

Here is his bio prior to leaving INNCO – as you can see he has a PhD in Developmental Neurobiology. He has held many positions worldwide including as a Senior advisor for the WHO (World Health Organisation) and UNICEF.

Plus he is a former smoker turned vaper who felt the pain of losing his father to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) which I am sure ignites his passion for THR.

Of course we should also mention his Twitter campaign which I have covered a few times in our Vape News articles – and this still remains unclaimed! It started originally at just $100 and the total has continued to grow and is now $8750!


68 million adults on Earth use #SaferNicotine vapes to avoid toxic forms of tobacco. Adults have been using these gizmos for 20 years now.

I will pay $100 to anyone who can provide confirmed proof of one (even one) death ever caused by inhaling nicotine vapor.

— Charles A. Gardner, PhD (@ChaunceyGardner) January 11, 2022

CASH OFFER UPDATE: We, adult ex-smokers who vape #SaferNicotine, hereby collectively pledge $8,750 to the charity of your choice…

…for proof of ONE verified human death from inhaling nicotine vapor over the past 20 years of use by (now) 85 million adult vapers worldwide.

— Charles A. Gardner, PhD (@ChaunceyGardner) December 17, 2022

I contacted Charles for a comment and he said…

“My decision does not reflect negatively – in any way – on the critical good work of INNCO country Members, the Governing Board or Secretariat. I leave good friends on good terms, with the utmost respect and love for the whole INNCO community. I have been honoured to contribute to the tobacco harm reduction field and will continue to do so.”

INNCO have released the following notice of his departure

“The Governing Board of INNCO wishes to notify its members and the general public of the departure of INNCO’s former Executive Director, Mr Charles A. Gardner PhD.

Charles joined INNCO in April 2021, and was responsible for leading the activities of INNCO’s secretariat to support its members and drive the global movement for tobacco harm reduction. During his tenure, Charles championed several causes within INNCO, such as promoting public knowledge about the benefits of safer nicotine, including its therapeutic benefits, and the widespread misinfodemic about vaping. Charles is a man of science and values the use of evidence to make convincing arguments in favour of harm reduction.

The Governing Board of INNCO thank him for his service, both to INNCO and the furtherance of global tobacco harm reduction and wish him well in his future ventures.

INNCO will continue to move forward in supporting its member organisations, using our power of communication and collaboration to further global efforts towards the adoption of rights- based, risk-relative and balanced harm reduction strategies as a legitimate human right.”

I would like to wish Charles all the best of luck for future projects and to thank him wholeheartedly for all the great work he has done as an excellent Tobacco Harm Reduction advocate.

If you are on Twitter and want to keep up to date on the facts related to THR I suggest you give him a follow on

Responses To The News

Best wishes to you, you’re an outstanding person!

— Blow Clouds ☁️☁️ ~ Every day 350 🇩🇪 die from 🚬 (@panthernoster) February 14, 2023

Oh my.
I totally love n respect all that you have done for #THR #SAFERNICOTINE and as this battle still rages. I hope that all is good.

Best of wishes

— Rawg Slinkard (@Rawgster) February 14, 2023

Thank you for everything! I wish you great luck in all of your endeavors!

— Michael Redfearn (@RedfearnMike) February 15, 2023

I’m sure you will be missed @INNCOorg. My only hope is that you keep contributing to the discussion and continue bringing the #truth and #perspective to #THR and #safernicotine topic. This movement is built on the backs of passionate people, and you Sir have spades.

— Kurt Yeo (@Kurt_Yeo) February 15, 2023

I learned of this this morning Charles, it took a few seconds for it to sink in. I wish you all the very best in your future endeavors. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you have done for this community 🙏🙏👏👏

— Janine Timmons (@grayjaynine) February 15, 2023

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