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European Parliament Endorses Smoking Cessation Tool

The European Parliament has endorsed vaping as a smoking cessation tool via its Subcommittee on Public Health, according to the World Vapers’ Alliance

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Following the EU's Subcommittee on Public Health (SANT) endorsement on November 7, the European Parliament has now, in a full assembly, adopted the report recognising the significant role of vaping in aiding smoking cessation, says the World Vapers’ Alliance. This comprehensive adoption by the Parliament marks a pivotal moment in the fight against smoking-related illnesses.

The World Vapers’ Alliance says the report, which is a part of the Parliament’s broader initiative on non-communicable diseases, not only acknowledges vaping as an effective method for smoking cessation but also should set a new direction for health policies within the EU.

However,” the World Vapers’ Alliance says, “the initial recommendation by the SANT to limit vaping in certain public areas remains a point of contention.”

Michael Landl, Director of the World Vapers’ Alliance, reflects on this latest development: “The full adoption of this report by the European Parliament is a step forward. It underscores a significant shift in recognising vaping's positive impact on public health. We now call on the European Commission to align with this perspective, as it represents the collective voice and decision of the Parliament, the direct representatives of EU citizens. Listening to this voice is not just a matter of policy but of democratic responsibility."

Addressing the concerns about public vaping, Landl adds: “While we welcome the Parliament's endorsement, the proposed restrictions on vaping in public spaces are concerning. Such measures could inadvertently hinder smokers' transition to a less harmful alternative.

“It's vital to base regulatory decisions on scientific evidence, distinguishing vaping from smoking. We advocate for a regulatory approach that supports public health objectives while respecting the nuances between smoking and vaping.”

The World Vapers’ Alliance says it remains committed to advocating for harm reduction strategies, such as vaping, to be integrated into EU public health policies. This approach is crucial for effectively reducing smoking rates and tackling non-communicable diseases across Europe.

The World Vapers’ Alliance believes it “amplifies the voices of vapers worldwide and empowers them to make a difference in their communities. Our members are vapers associations and individual vapers from all over the world.”

Michael Landl is the director of the World Vapers’ Alliance. He is from Austria and is based in Vienna. He is an experienced policy professional and a passionate vaper. He studied at the University of St. Gallen and worked for several public policy outlets and the German Parliament.


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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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