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Vapers Oppose Bangladesh Vape Ban

The Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Wealth has introduced amendments to legislation aimed at banning vapes

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The Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Wealth has introduced amendments to its smoking and tobacco legislation aimed at banning vapes which will ban the production, importation, exportation, storage, sale and transportation of vapes and their components. It is proposing to impose a fine, imprison for 6 months, or both for anyone transgressing the new law.

The main reason given by the minister responsible for the legislative proposals is to help Bangladesh achieve its Smoke-Free 2040 goal.

VoV Bangladesh - a vape advocacy group which recently organised a summit to educate consumers about harm reduction, opposes the ban. The summit can be watched on YouTube.

“With VoV Bangladesh, we have been putting tremendous efforts into educating consumers and policymakers about how harm reduction works and why Bangladesh should endorse it. It is upsetting to see that the health authorities in Bangladesh are choosing to fight vaping instead. We call upon health authorities in Bangladesh to reconsider the proposed amendments and avoid public health disaster that will be caused by the prohibitionist approach”, said Nafis Farhan, a representative of VoV Bangladesh.

World Vapers Alliance joined VoV Bangladesh in opposing the proposed amendments.

Liza Katsiashvili, WVA’s community manager said: “It’s ironic that the health authorities in Bangladesh are not taking into account the failure of the vaping ban in its neighbouring country - India. Rather opposite - they endorse a similar prohibitionist approach, which is already predisposed to fail, cause the emergence of illicit trade and jeopardise millions of lives by pushing Vapers back to smoking.

The only realistic and pragmatic solution to achieving a smoke-free goal in Bangladesh and globally is through smoking cessation and mainly vaping, which has proven to be 95% less harmful than conventional cigarettes and twice as effective for quitting than other harm reduction methods for smokers.”

World Vapers’ Alliance called upon the authorities in Bangladesh to withdraw the proposed amendments and embrace the harm reduction strategies instead.

The organisation said that governments worldwide must stop putting millions of lives at stake and seek public health improvements through innovative solutions such as vaping.

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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