While the WHO has waged a war on vaping and other alternatives to smoking through taxes, bans on advertising and other measures, the UK has led from the front in reducing tobacco harm with progressive vape policies. The WHO’s COP 9 global conference in November will set the direction for smoke cessation and vaping policies around the world. The WVA and WeVape organisations are calling for the WHO to follow the UK example where 3 million smokers already quit thanks to vaping and to start taking tobacco harm reduction seriously.
Mark Oates, Director of WeVape, said: “The UK is the world leader in harm reduction and provides an excellent example for the rest of the world on efficient smoking cessation through vaping. Our government has chosen a path that has proven to be fruitful, with science to back that up. In the lead up to WHO’s conference in November, the UK needs to reinforce its commitment to vaping, and encourage other countries to do the same.
Michael Landl, Director of the World Vapers’ Alliance said: “To succeed in fighting smoking, we need governments across the world and the WHO to be brave and to follow the UK’s lead, endorse new approaches and be open to innovation in harm reduction. Ignoring the science on vaping means refusing the chance at a new life to 200 million people. We came to London to highlight the positive impact vaping has had on the UK and to thank the UK Government for being a world leader, successfully reducing smoking rates. We also urge the UK to stand up for vapers worldwide at WHO’s COP9 meeting. We need to raise our voice today.’
The iconic Back Vaping. Beat Smoking Vape Bus arrived in London on Monday, 20 September to meet with vapers and encourage them to stand up for their vaping rights.
- The Back Vaping. Beat Smoking campaign hub is available here
- More information on the Vape Bus can be found here
- More detail on how 200 million lives can be saved is available here
- The World Vapers’ Alliance (WVA) amplifies the voice of vapers around the world and empowers them to make a difference for their communities. Our members are 25 vapers associations as well as over 15,000 individual vapers from all over the world. More information on www.worldvapersalliance.com
- WeVape aims to bring together vapers from across the UK to raise the voice of our community and to shape the public debate about vaping issues. By raising the collective voice of the UK’s 3.6 million vapers, We Vape hopes to help further reduce smoking and to let politicians, the media, the public health community and “anti-vapers” know that vaping saves lives. More information on https://we-vape.org/