Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates Says WHO Recommended Ban on Vaping Will Only Create More Smokers

World Well being group Framework Conference on Tobacco Management (FCTC) assembly, delayed final yr, may very well be the venue to push a world vape ban in November

MANILA, Philippines, March 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Tens of millions of vapers throughout Asia might really feel pressured to return to smoking if a proposal from the World Well being Group (WHO) approach on e-cigarettes and different smokeless merchandise is handed by lawmakers.

new report printed by WHO’s tobacco regulatory committee recommends almost all vapes be banned, particularly so-called ‘open’ programs. Not regulated – however banned. It additionally calls for the identical restrictions on cigarettes be utilized to different rising merchandise, presumably so people who smoke can by no means learn about them.

Within the open system, which is the popular approach of vaping for many individuals throughout Asia, the patron manually refills the liquid to be vaporized. Based on the WHO, this technique permits for the addition of gear which might make the product extra dangerous.

“The newest suggestion from WHO defies all logic,” stated Nancy Loucas, the Government Coordinator of CAPHRA. “If nations undertake the advice to ban open-system vapes, years of exhausting work by ex-smokers in addition to good public coverage can be rendered meaningless.”

“Let there be little doubt: vapers will then return to cigarettes, which is the worst potential final result.”

“Banning any product isn’t the reply, neither is making use of blanket cigarette guidelines to all rising merchandise. Bans encourage the black market. Bans don’t permit for correct shopper safety,” Loucas stated.

CAPHRA is asking on governments to undertake evidence-based, frequent sense laws for all vaping merchandise.

“Simply final week, the UK’s main well being company, Public Well being England (PHE), concluded that nicotine vaping merchandise had been the preferred assist utilized by people who smoke attempting to stop,” Loucas stated.

“On the one hand, you will have a neighborhood public well being company wanting into the proof and methods through which people who smoke could be inspired to stop smoking and vape, and on the opposite you will have a world company caught of their previous methods of believing prohibition is the reply to all the pieces.”

“WHO’s angle to e-cigarettes has been devastating for tens of millions and tens of millions of people who smoke and vapers alike all all over the world,” Loucas stated.

CAPHRA stated it’s solely by means of regulating merchandise can vapers stay protected, inspired to give up smoking, and in consequence, obtain good public well being outcomes.


The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Hurt Advocates (CAPHRA) is a regional alliance of shopper tobacco hurt discount advocacy organizations. Its mission is to teach, advocate and signify the precise of grownup different nicotine customers to entry and use merchandise that cut back hurt from tobacco use.

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