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Category Archives: Vaping
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Vaping not prior smoking is associated with changes in gene regulation linked to disease | Keck School of Medicine of USC – USC News
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The latest vaping study from Keck School of Medicine of USC shows that, like smoking, use of e-cigarettes is linked to dysregulation of mitochondrial genes and immune response genes.
Since they hit the market, e-cigarettes have been touted as a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes for adult smokers. When research began to suggest otherwise, many questioned whether smoking was still to blame for adverse effects, since most vapers are either dual users who also smoke cigarettes or have a prior history of smoking.
Now, a team of researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has demonstrated that independent of the effects of prior smoking using e-cigarettes is linked to adverse biological changes that can cause disease. The study, published in Scientific Reports, revealed that vapers experience a similar pattern of changes to gene regulation as smokers do, although the changes are more extensive in people who smoke.
Our study, for the first time, investigates the biological effects of vaping in adult e-cigarette users, while simultaneously accounting for their past smoking exposure, said Ahmad Besaratinia, PhD, corresponding author and professor of research population and public health sciences at the Keck School of Medicine. Our data indicate that vaping, much like smoking, is associated with dysregulation of mitochondrial genes and disruption of molecular pathways involved in immunity and the inflammatory response, which govern health versus disease state.
The researchers recruited a diverse group of 82 healthy adults and separated them into three categories: current vapers, with and without a prior history of smoking; people who exclusively smoke cigarettes; and a control group of never-smokers and never-vapers. They conducted comprehensive in-person interviews to get a detailed vaping and smoking history from each participant. The team verified the histories by performing biochemical analyses on the participants blood to measure the concentration of cotinine, a breakdown product of nicotine.
Using next generation sequencing and bioinformatic data analysis, researchers then conducted a genome-wide search for changes in gene regulation in the blood cells of each of the participants. When the normal regulation of genes is disrupted and genes become dysregulated, that dysregulation can interfere with gene function, leading to disease.
For current vapers, they further performed computational modeling to determine whether the detected gene dysregulation was associated with the intensity and duration of their current vaping or the intensity and duration of their past smoking.
We found that more than 80% of gene dysregulation in vapers correlated with the intensity and duration of current vaping, said Besaratinia. Whereas none of the detected gene dysregulation in vapers correlated to their prior smoking intensity or duration.
In previous research, Besaratinia and his team have shown that e-cigarette users develop some of the same cancer-related molecular changes in oral tissue as cigarette smokers. They also discovered vapers had the same kind of cancer-linked chemical changes to their genome as smokers.
In this study, they found that, in both vapers and smokers, mitochondrial genes are preferential targets of gene dysregulation. They also found that vapers and smokers had significant dysregulation of immune response genes.
Besaratinia says the findings are not only novel and significant, but they are also interrelated, since growing evidence shows that mitochondria play a critical role in immunity and inflammation.
When mitochondria become dysfunctional, they release key molecules, said Besaratinia. The released molecules can function as signals for the immune system, triggering an immune response that leads to inflammation, which is not only important for maintaining health but also plays a critical role in the development of various diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, metabolic diseases, and cancer.
Adults arent the only ones vaping. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 2 million middle and high school students in the U.S. report using e-cigarettes. Besaratinia says that this is one of the main reasons why the teams research is so critical to informing policy around vaping.
Given the popularity of e-cigarettes among young never-smokers, our findings will be of importance to the regulatory agencies, said Besaratinia. To protect public health, these agencies are in urgent need of scientific evidence to inform the regulation of the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of e-cigarettes.
Next, the team plans to identify and investigate chemicals common to both e-cigarette vapor and cigarette smoke to find out which ones might be causing similar adverse effects in vapers and smokers.
About this study
In addition to Besaratinia, the studys other authors are Stella Tommasi, Niccolo Pabustan and Kimberly D. Siegmund, of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Meng Li and Yibu Chen of USC Libraries Bioinformatics Service.
This work was supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (1R21CA268197) and the University of California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (28IR-0060 and T31IR1839). The bioinformatics software and computing resources used in the analysis are funded by the USC Office of Research and the Norris Medical Library.
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A Blackburn company has unveiled its disposable vaping range in flavours such as mango and watermelon.
Chief of Vapes said it hadalso secured a contract withBestway Wholsale to supplyall 60 of their depots nationwide.
The company was established by Mubashshir Abdul Aziz and Abdul Mulla in 2018. They have introduced their disposable range in September 2021 and each disposable comes pre-filled with 2ml of e-liquid and delivers approximately 600 puffs.
Mubashshir said: We have an office based on Roman road specialising in manufacturing vaping products.
The disposable range come in 5 flavours including Mango Ice, Watermelon Ice, Blu Raspberry Ice, Energy Ice and Lush Ice with many more to come.
It is a one time use vape disposable which has approximately 600 puffs equivalent to one cigarette pack. They retail at 5.99, half the cost of a pack of cigarettes.
We are one of the very few companies in the UK that are fully compliant with TPD (Tobacco Products Directive) regulations and are listed on the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) portal.
The company has come through Covid and are looking to a brighter future thanks to a new partnership with Bestway.
Mubashshir: When Covid-19 hit the industry we stopped all the work at the factory and we could not continue our business in the same manner. We barely survived during the pandemic but as a company we decided not to give up.
We decided to invest into a new product - our disposable vapes Chiefs Totem, which became our lifeline in many ways. We travelled up and down the country to establish business relationships which eventually resulted in success. We are now delighted to be partnering up with Best Way Wholesale.
Mubashshir and Abdul of 'Chief of Vapes'
The products contain nicotine and it is aimed to help people quit smoking.
Mubashshir added: The disposable is designed to be more user friendly and practical than most products on the market, as well as more flavoursome according to the feedback we have received from many consumers and retailers in the UK and EU.
This Device is aimed to assist people quit smoking to live healthier, cleaner and greener lives by making the SWITCH to vaping easier and more effective.
Helping the nation to achieve our Tobacco Control plan and being a smoke free nation by 2030, as studies have shown that vaping is safer than smoking by 95%.
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What We’re Reading: Ohio Pharmacies Liable in Opioid Case; Patient Death on Aduhelm; Juul to Pay $14.5 Million in Vaping Lawsuit – AJMC.com Managed…
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A federal jury in Cleveland found CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart pharmacies responsible for contributing to the opioid crisis; concerns rise after the death of a woman who received infusions of the Alzheimer disease drug Aduhelm; Juul vowed to stop advertising its vaping products to young people in Arizona.
A federal jury said CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart pharmacies recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in 2 Ohio counties, the Associated Press reported. Lake and Trumbull counties argued the 3 chain pharmacies did not stop distributing the pills after they caused hundreds of overdose deaths and cost each county about $1 billion. Attorneys for the pharmacies said they followed policies when pharmacists had concerns and notified authorities of suspicious orders, emphasizing that doctors controlled how many pills were prescribed, not the pharmacists. This verdict comes weeks after juries in Oklahoma and California found multiple drug companies not liable for their roles in the opioid crises in each state, and it could set the tone for other state juries that want to hold pharmacies accountable. CVS Health, Walgreen Co, and Walmart Inc each said they will appeal the verdict.
Concerns about the safety of Biogens Alzheimer disease drug Aduhelm have increased following the death of a 75-year-old woman who died after being infused with the drug, The New York Times reported. The woman lived in Canada and was a participant in a clinical trial for the drug. She died in September, experiencing seizures and brain swelling after receiving infusions of Aduhelm. A doctor reported her death to the FDAs adverse event reporting system, and the death is being investigated by both the FDA and Biogen. In a statement, Biogen said the cause of death is unknown at this time.
Major e-cigarette company Juul Labs is set to pay the state of Arizona $14.5 million in a consumer fraud lawsuit settlement, vowing to stop marketing to young people in the state, as reported by the Associated Press. The agreement requires Juul not to advertise near schools or on social media, nor target anyone under 21. This is the second settlement Juul has reached with Arizona state prosecutors and ends litigation filed in January 2020 against Juul and Eonsmoke claiming the 2 companies illegally targeted younger people in their marketing. Although Arizona previously won a $22.5 million judgment against Eonsmoke, the state has not collected any of the money. Juul Labs stopped all advertising before the lawsuit and admitted no wrongdoing in settling the case, calling it another step in our ongoing effort to reset our company. The company has also stopped selling all flavored products except menthol.
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Among the restrictions set in place by the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act which took effect in 2020, is a ban on the sales of vaping products to anyone under 18.
Among the restrictions set in place by the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act which took effect in 2020, is a ban on the sales of vaping products to anyone under 18, whether these contain nicotine or not. However highlighted Loucas, prior to this regulation being put on paper, there was already an industry code/agreement in place, which saw conscientious vape manufacturers and retailers refraining from selling the products to anyone under 18.
Retailers have had long enough to know right from wrong. I respect the Governments initial focus is on educating retailers about the new law, but its now time to move onto enforcement. There are some tough legislative sanctions for those retailers who continue to let everyone down, and its time they faced the consequences, said Loucas.
A 2019 study had indicated that vape shops play a key role in supporting smokers who switch to safer alternatives. The study titled, I Felt Welcomed in Like Theyre a Little Family in There, I Felt Like I Was Joining a Team or Something: Vape Shop Customers Experiences of E-Cigarette Use, Vape Shops and the Vaping Community, aimed to understand customers experiences of vaping and vape shops, and the extent to which smoking cessation advice is and should be provided in these shops.
The researchers conducted telephone interviews with 22 customers recruited in vape shops in the East Midlands region of England, exploring the participants smoking histories, reasons for using e-cigarettes, the role of vape shops in their e-cigarette use, and whether smoking cessation was discussed in vape shops.
The compiled responses indicated that respondents regarded e-cigarettes as a quitting tool and reported very positive experiences of vaping. The participants found vape shops critical to their positive experiences, in that they provided access to a wide variety of high-quality products and reliable product information and advice.
New Zealands Youth19 Survey Fails to Consider Recent Vape Regulations
Central Europe Vaping and E-Cigarette Regulation Report 2021: Focus on Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic – ResearchAndMarkets.com -…
Posted: November 17, 2021 at 1:18 pm
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Vaping and E-Cigarette Regulation in Central Europe" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
This bundle report brings together individual regulatory reports covering Central Europe, including Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic.
Each report offers a detailed overview of the current regulatory framework in place for vaping products, covering all areas of law from product and age restrictions, labelling and packaging requirements and advertising, to taxation, notification and retail channel restrictions.
While all of these Central European countries have transposed the EU's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), with Slovenia being among the last to do so, some such as Austria have implemented restrictions that go even further than those laid out in the TPD.
The benefit of this bundle is that it allows a comparative analysis of these four countries, enabling you to draw similarities and differences between the regimes.
Despite being in the same region, each of these countries have taken different approaches to regulating these products - taxation being an area where marked differences can be seen, with excise tax levied on e-cigs in Slovenia while in the other three countries there is no specific tax on such products.
If you are interested in this region, then this report provides you with a comprehensive overview of each market.
Key Topics Covered:
E-cigarette Regulatory Report: Slovenia
E-cigarette Regulatory Report: Slovakia
E-cigarette Regulatory Report: Austria
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There is a glut of research surrounding safer alternatives for people who use opioids. Less well researched are safer alternatives for crack cocaine usethough some argue that chewing coca leaf (a precursor to cocaine and, thus, crack) has potential.
A kind of crack vape pen, yet to be developed, could be a valuable harm reduction tool, mitigating some of the health risks of consuming crack from illicit sources, according to a new paper.
Its a thought Ive had for a very long time, Fabian P. Steinmetz, a toxicologist who co-authored the paper with social scientist Heino Stver, told Filter.
In Europe, where the paper was drafted, the most commonly seen state-banned substancesoutside of cannabis and perhaps MDMA in some jurisdictionsare heroin and crack, he said. Steinmetz noted that there are numerous long-established harm reduction models and tools for heroin (though they are not present in every country).
Switzerland, for instance, has been offering pharmaceutical heroin to people who use drugs for decades, helping people to stay safer and stabilize their lives.
Logistically thinking, how can we provide 20 hits of crack per day to a person?
However, most medically provided heroin programs work because providing a person with heroin two to three times a day isnt particularly difficult, according to Steinmetz, though having to attend clinics so regularly can present a barrier for people. But with crack, this problem is amplified, because the effects last a number of minutes, rather than hours.
Logistically thinking, how can we provide 20 hits of crack per day to a person? Steinmetz asked.
A crack vape pen, or e-cigarette, the paper argues, would potentially answer this question, while having several other benefits. Like safe supply in general, it would be free of undesired and potentially harmful compounds, containing only crack plus anything in the vape juice. It would also contain a known dose.
Further, accessing the devices via a doctors office, for instance, could give people who regularly use crack the opportunity to speak with medical staff about some of the health issues that might go along with its uselike sleep deprivation or cardiovascular problemsand anything else. However, activists have criticized the limitations and barriers of overly medicalized models of safe supply, when so many people who use drugs have had traumatic experiences with health care systems.
But much like prescribed heroin or any form of freely provided safe supply, prescribed crack vape pens could add stability to peoples lives by removing or reducing the need to obtain drugs from other sources.
As for the specific properties of such a device, vaping is less harmful to the lungs compared to smokinga fact that underpins harm reduction with nicotine. Smokingin general, and with crack in particularinvolves inhaling hot particles, which among other issues can burn the lungs, a pretty tender organ, Steinmetz said.
This is a big advantage for pulmonary health, Steinmetz said of the difference a crack vape could make. He also noted that such a device could be configured to allow a specific quantity to be drawn on each hit.
Steinmetz emphasized that this is an entirely theoretical concepteven setting aside legal barriers, theres no prototype and no experiments have been done to make such a pen. However, it should be technically possible. There are many other kinds of vapes on the market, from cannabis to DMT and even cathinones.
The general principle to put drugs in e-cigarettes, I mean, this is already pretty old school, he said.
Ideally, policymakers should use different regulatory levers to encourage use of slower-acting forms of cocaine, Rolles said.
Steve Rolles, who is mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the paper for feedback he provided on the idea, is a senior policy analyst with Transform Drug Policy Foundation, and the author of the book How to Regulate Stimulants: A Practical Guide.
He is not against the idea of a cocaine vape penhe acknowledged that it would carry fewer risks than smoking crack, stressing that there needs to be more discussion of stimulants in harm reduction and that crack use should not be stigmatized. But he does have some concerns.
While Rolles supports anything that makes drug use safer, he told Filter that he wondered about the possibility that vape penswhich would almost certainly sometimes end up on the illicit marketcould potentially encourage some people to use crack more frequently, without removing all of the attendant risks. Trials would need to be performed to see how the vapes performed in different situations, he said.
Rolles is in favor of the legal regulation of all forms of cocaine, removing criminalization and supply-side risks. But ideally, policymakers should use different regulatory levers to encourage use of slower-acting forms of cocaine, which come with fewer health risks, he said.
[S]lower-release forms of cocaine, most obviously oral coca leaf preparations, are lower-risk, according to Rolles. [T]hey release the alkaloid steadily over an extended period, avoiding the roller coaster of redosing, and the initial rapid onset particularly associated with smoked or injected use; the rush is part of the appeal for many, but also increases cardiac risks, and lends itself to more intense patterns of dependent or binge use.
At the same time, some people with lived experience feel theres certainly potential for the vape-pen strategy. Nat Kaminski is the president of the Ontario Network of People Who Use Drugs (ONPUD), a new organization governed by people with lived/living experiences of drug use in the Canadian province.
I think the discretion piece is huge. It could protect some of the most vulnerable populations that smoke crack.
Kaminski told Filter that even outside of a sanctioned safe crack supply program, the discreet nature of a vape pen, compared to a pipe, could be valuable in terms of harm reduction. It could look and potentially smell less conspicuousthis, in turn, could protect people using them from being arrested in public spaces.
I think the discretion piece is huge, Kaminski said. It could protect some of the most vulnerable populations that smoke crack.
They also said that vaping oil is a slower process compared to burning crack using a torch and a pipe and, thus, the crack may last longer.
Leticia Mizon, an ONPUD board member who also has lived experience, told Filter that people who use the vapes might also be less targeted if someone decided they wanted to steal their drugswhich isnt terribly common, she said, but does happen.
Kaminski and Mizon also noted some other potential benefits with vapes. Theres less chance that a person could cut their lips compared with a pipe. If the vape pen were made in the right way, it could also be easier to control dosage.
However, they also noted potential barriers. For one, the vapes would need to be inexpensive (or potentially free), as crack is quite costly, and an added price from the pen itself might dissuade people from switching.
Rituals surrounding use are very, very intimate.
Further, Kaminski and Mizon described the power of the rituals often associated with doing drugs. In terms of crack, this can involve packing a pipe, scraping out the resin, and such. A vape pen would functionally remove that, though Kaminski suggested that a person could use the pen outside the home, and a pipe inside.
Because of these rituals, and a persons preferred method of consumption, the two also noted that it would equally be a hard sell getting people who use crack to transition to slower-release methodssuch as insufflation or chewing coca leaf.
Rituals surrounding use are very, very intimate, Mizon said.
A cocaine e-cig is likely to be a long way off, if indeed it ever gets made. Legal barriers persist, even if safe supply is breaking through in countries like Canada. And pharmaceutical companies might not see enough profit to get interested in developing these devices without additional incentives from government.
But devoting more attention to stimulant harm reduction is a need on which Steinmetz, Rolles, Kaminski and Mizon all agree. And researchers thinking outside the box on this issue, even if not every idea comes to fruition, is a positive sign.
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More restrictions needed on sale of vapes and e-cigarettes, Oireachtas committee told – The Irish Times
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Nicotine delivery devices such as vapes and e-cigarettes need to face similar sale and advertising restrictions as tobacco products, an Oireachtas Committee has heard.
E-cigarettes are increasingly being marketed towards teenagers, and their colourful packaging and fruity flavours are contributing to the rise in young people vaping, the Oireachtas Health Committee was told.
Chris Macey from the Irish Heart Foundation said that while vaping is less harmful than smoking, its long-term effects were still unlcear.
The number of young people smoking and vaping is also rising, he added.
After falling from 41 per cent to 13 per cent, the smoking rate among 15-16 year-olds here is now increasing for the first time in a quarter of a century.
Additionally, 39 per cent of this age group have used e-cigarettes and 15.5 per cent are regular users.
Mr Macey added that the Health Research Board has concluded that adolescents who vape are up to five times more likely to take up smoking.
Ads for vapes can appear on billboards, in shops and on social media, and they do not face the same level of advertising restrictions as cigarettes and other tobacco products.
The Irish Heart Foundation has called on the age limit for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes to increase to 21, along with a ban on all e-cigarette flavours bar tobacco, a ban on all vaping advertising and the introduction of plain packaging.
Averil Power, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society, said is true that some smokers prefer vaping to the use of licensed nicotine replacement gums and other products. However, as the Health Research Board has pointed out, e-cigarettes are no more effective than approved and regulated nicotine replacement therapies to help people stop smoking, she said.
The World Health Organisation has stated that electronic nicotine delivery systems cannot be recommended as cessation aids at the population level and warned they could hinder cessation in some individuals by prolonging or increasing addiction to nicotine.
The committee was also told that the Government needs to do more to cover the cost of other smoking cessation tools, as vaping is cheaper.
The State takes in roughly 1 billion per year in tobacco-related tax, but just one per cent of this is spent on helping people quit smoking, Mr Macey said.
Paul Gordon from the Irish Cancer Society claimed that big tobacco is using vapes as a trojan horse and does not have any interest in ending nicotine addiction.
Most of the large e-cigarette companies are either owned or part-owned by tobacco companies. In the US, with Juul for example... they were part-owned by Altria, Marlboros parent company.
Here, we see Vype and VIP owned by PJ Carroll, who are a subsidiary of British American Tobacco. Logic are owned by Japan Tobacco International. They all have significant shares in those vaping companies.
When asked about the Department of Healths approach to vaping, both the Irish Heart Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society said the department is undecided about the pros and cons of vaping and viewed e-cigarettes as a potential cessation tool, a view they disagreed with.
Both organisations said they wanted the new Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill to include more restrictions on vape products.
In a statement, Japan Tobacco International said it is committed to marketing its products in a responsible manner.
A cornerstone of this commitment is that minors should not vape and should not be able to obtain vaping products, and we act responsibly to ensure Logic advertising is directed at existing adult smokers and vapers. E-Vapour products sold in Ireland are subject to strict EU-wide regulations, which were introduced in 2016 and restrict certain types of advertising and marketing. We strictly adhere to them for our Logic brand.
Three non-health related reasons why you should try vaping – London Business News | Londonlovesbusiness.com – London Loves Business
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When people talk about e-cigarettes, they usually talk only about health benefits and the absence of toxic chemicals. This is understandable because e-cigarettes are a less harmful alternative to regular tobacco cigars. However, there are plenty of other reasons why you should try no nicotine disposable vape cigarettes if you are a smoker. Here are the 3 most compelling non-health related reasons why smoking e-cigarettes is good for you.
Other than the obvious health threats and issues, one of the main downsides of smoking regular tobacco cigars is the unpleasant odour. The main cause of this odour is, of course, the presence of various toxic chemicals that can be found in regular cigars. If you choose to switch from regular cigars to e-cigarettes, you wont have to deal with those odours anymore. The walls and curtains in your home will be grateful. Also, your hair, skin, and clothes wont smell like tobacco. You have to admit, this is a compelling reason for you to, at least, consider the concept of e-cigarettes.
This is something not a lot of people talk about. However, its definitely worth mentioning. In order to smoke e-cigarettes, you need to have the proper equipment. Dont worry, its nothing too fancy or pricey. But, its safe to say that this equipment is rather fun to use. Therefore, if you love playing with gadgets, using e-cigarette equipment every day can be therapeutic for you. Its much more fun than simply lighting a regular tobacco cigar. You can even make the equipment personalised.
When it comes to flavours, regular tobacco cigars are pretty straightforward. Sure, there are a few exceptions that have menthol versions, but there arent too many flavours a smoker can choose from. On the other hand, e-cigarettes offer a plethora of options regarding flavour. If you are an adventuristic person, you will definitely want to try plenty of flavours. This will enhance your smoking experience and it can be a good conversation starter if you meet a new person who is also an e-cigarette enthusiast.
The main reason why you should consider e-cigarettes is the fact that they are less harmful than regular cigars. However, these non-health related things we talked about today will definitely make your life fun and it will do good things for your image.
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Canadian Vaping Association: COP9 will not discuss tobacco harm reduction, preventing a transparent dialogue of WHOs vaping recommendations – Yahoo…
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BEAMSVILLE, Ontario, Nov. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The WHOs Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) provisional agenda for COP9 indicated that talks around tobacco harm reduction products, including e-cigarettes, would be postponed until 2023. The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) is disappointed COP9 will not discuss the merits of vaping as a harm reduction tool or WHOs flawed recommendations on vaping.
Leading up to COP9, many organizations including the CVA, were critical of WHOs regressive approach to regulating safer nicotine products. Notably, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPGs are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords), stated that WHOs recommendations were not fit for purpose.
In an APPG report, Chair Mark Pawsey states, it is clear that since 2016 the number of people making the switch has slowed, and last year the number of vapers declined year-on-year for the first time. This retraction in use has coincided with increased negative messaging in the media about vaping and reduced risk products, much of it fuelled in no small part by the position taken by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The positions of APPG are mirrored by the UK Institute for economic affairs who state on their website, The FCTC Secretariat and the COP meetings are not fit for purpose. In their relentless opposition to vaping and other reduced risk products, they have become a threat to global health, and Governments which recognise vapings potential to save lives should make their case strongly at COP9. If the WHO continues to spread misinformation about e-cigarettes, governments should withdraw funding from the FCTC Secretariat.
The UK Institute for economic affairs also voices the global concern shared by tobacco harm reduction advocates that WHOs recommendations will be used to implement harmful policy. The WHO influences policy worldwide by putting out negative statements about vaping which misrepresent the scientific evidence. These statements are then cited by policymakers.
Action on Smoking and Health said it best, England is not an outlier on vaping: its a frontrunner. Removing safer nicotine products from the agenda has prevented a critical analysis of WHOs recommendations and stifled a global dialogue on harm reduction. The CVA is extremely disheartened that harm reduction solutions will not be publicly discussed as tobacco use remains the leadi ng cause of death, said Darryl Tempest, Executive Director of the CVA.
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