Vapers Digest 7th February
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Three From Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) has issued a sharp critique of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) for its exclusion of consumer groups and harm reduction advocates from the Tenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP10). The event begins today 5 February in Panama.
Dr Derek Yach and Tobacco Harm Reduction.net have released a COP10 Scorecard report, drawing upon recent World Health Organization (WHO) reports to assess progress made by Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Co-authored by other global public health experts.
The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) has sent a letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to ‘express profound dismay and disappointment’ that the government has decided to proceed with a ban on disposable vapes. As well as the PM, the letter has also been sent to Victoria Atkins, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Andrea Leadsom, the Minister for Public Health and Primary Care.
Global Forum on Nicotine
The UK’s recent unveiling of a total ban on disposable vapes, and additional flavour restrictions, risks undoing the nation’s pioneering tobacco harm reduction approach to reducing smoking. Clive Bates joins us in today’s episode as we look at the potentially disasterous consequences of a disposable vape ban, as well as the convenient timing of this announcement to coincide with the start of the FCTC COP10 in Panama.
Dr Colin Mendelsohn, Dr Alex Wodak AM
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Drug Science is concerned by the Governments ban on disposable vapes and the potential unintended and disastrous consequences. The UK government has failed to strike a balance by reducing the harms of vapes for young people, whilst allowing market access to smokers that want to quit or are using vapes instead of smoking. It would be a public health tragedy if people that have quit smoking and moved to vaping revert to smoking due restrictions on disposable vapes. We must ask how will this ban be implemented and what will the implications be?
Rob Breakenridge, Calgary Herald
With Alberta suddenly and intensely focused on what is ostensibly an issue of the protection of children, we should hope that any such conversations are grounded in evidence.
If the government has identified a threat facing our youth, we shouldn’t have to wonder whether there’s a factual basis for that claim. It’s important to not be careless in these endeavours, lest subsequent warnings be met with increased skepticism.
Drink And Drug News, DDN
‘There’s so much to be gained by getting tobacco harm reduction to the highest-risk groups,’ says David MacKintosh, director at Knowledge Action Change (KAC). KAC runs the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) project, which is funded by a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.
While smoking rates in the UK have been falling for decades now, it’s estimated that up to 85 per cent of homeless people still smoke – more than six times the rate in the general population. Not just that, but they’re smoking in riskier ways.
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