“Voices4Vape” takes place on Saturday September 26, from 8am till Midday GMT. It will involve presentations, live question and answer sessions, and a panel debate. Registration for the event is free [link]. The virtual event will bring together public health policy experts, scientists, professionals, and consumers who believe smoke-free nicotine products are a much safer alternative to cigarettes and a fundamental human right.
CAPHRA is encouraging vapers around the world to attend, including the 200,000 in New Zealand, and everybody will be able to pose questions to the experts via a chatbox.
Nancy Loucas, co-director of Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA), is helping to promote the event. She said: “Over 10 years of scientific research shows that smoke-free nicotine products are at least 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco and have helped millions quit deadly smoking. As consumer groups, we now want to do all we can to influence public policy and reduce the enormous health risks and costs caused by cigarettes.”
Ms Loucas says the world-leading experts will bring their own experience, knowledge, and unique perspectives to the discussion. It will mark the first significant consumer-focused event on tobacco harm reduction in the Asia-Pacific region. All panellists and key participants are listed on the Voices4Vape website and includes the likes of Clive Bates, Samrat Chowdhery, and David Sweanor – who regularly feature in Planet of the Vapes articles.
With experts estimating that worldwide smoking claims the lives of 20,000 people a day because of the toxicants found in tobacco smoke, Ms Loucas believes vapers’ participation and input would be highly valued.
Kiwi vapers contribution, she believes, would particularly useful given that their Parliament has just passed legislation to regulate vaping, not to mention New Zealand’s success in reducing smoking rates thanks largely to vaping.
"Let your voice be heard and help create a smoke-free world. Your personal story and your support will be part of a collective voice in the Asia Pacific and around the world in demanding access to tobacco harm reduction options.”
AVCA was formed in 2016 by vapers across New Zealand wanting their voices heard in local and central government. All members are former smokers who promote vaping to help smokers quit - a much less harmful alternative to combustible tobacco products. AVCA does not have any affiliation or vested interest in industry - tobacco, pharmaceutical and/or the local vaping manufacturing or retail sectors.