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100 experts sign a public letter on the failure of the WHO’s current Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), urging a comprehensive rethink before COP9

The FCTC is a treaty that was adopted by the World Health Organisation in 2003, and remains in force today.

It seeks to protect present and future generations from the harms associated with tobacco consumption. However, its prohibitionist approach toward less harmful novel nicotine products - such as e-cigarettes, vapes, and pouches – is outdated, ideologically driven, and squandering the opportunity to save lives.

One hundred experts have come together to call on the WHO leadership to launch a comprehensive rethink in their stance to tobacco harm reduction, before the COP9 summit in November. The letter makes seven key points, and then delivers six recommendations – all based on contemporary scientific evidence and expertise.

Click HERE to read the letter.

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Time to Ditch Or Switch This Stoptober

With quitting smoking one of the toughest behaviours to change, the UK is leading the world with its Stoptober campaign, Dr Derek Yach, President of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World told Great Britain News.

The month-long campaign focuses on encouraging some of the roughly 7-million smokers in the UK to quit for good or switch to safer alternatives.

View Derek's interview HERE

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CANADA’S PROPOSED RESTRICTIONS ON FLAVOURS IN VAPING PRODUCTS COULD NEGATIVELY AFFECT MILLIONS OF ADULT SMOKERS, WARN INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS

THURSDAY 2 September 2021CANADA’s proposal to restrict flavours in e-cigarettes by amending its Tobacco and Vaping Products Act would lead to a significant net public health loss. That’s according to an international group of respected health professionals, public health specialists and academics with an interest in harm reduction.

The group submitted comments to the Health Canada consultation, ending September 2nd, 2021. The group cautioned the Canadian Federal Government’s draft Order would “negatively impact millions of adult smokers that have used flavoured vaping products to switch away from, or quit combustible tobacco.” While the group acknowledged that vaping products were a controversial topic, it asked Health Canada to reconsider the instrument choices proposed in its draft amendments, stressing it would be difficult to achieve this goal “without the significant contribution by vaping as a harm reduction and cessation product”.

The group appealed to Health Canada to “carefully weigh the evidence, before making any significant changes that may unintentionally prevent vaping products from helping to avert smoking-induced deaths and save Canadian lives”. Click HERE to read the full list of comments in the PDF document.

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Health Canada is seeking comments on their proposed ban on flavours in vaping products (e-cigarettes). Deadline: 2 September 2021(at noon EDT)

Why the consultation is important to THR:

Health Canada has identified the availability of a variety of desirable flavours in vaping products, despite the current vaping restrictions, as one of the factors contributing to the rapid rise in youth vaping in Canada. However, banning almost all flavours, will make it less likely for adult smokers to switch to less harmful vaping products, or use them to quit tobacco altogether. Ultimately, the unintended consequence of such a ban can be very detrimental to both tobacco control and harm reduction.

How you can help

Health Canada is seeking comments from health partners, general public, interested members of the industry, and people who vape, use tobacco products, or use both vaping and tobacco products. Please send in your comments before the deadline.

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Balancing Consideration of the Risks and Benefits of E-Cigarettes

"Balancing Consideration of the Risks and Benefits of E-Cigarettes" - this must-read article demonstrates a considerable win for tobacco harm reduction. It not only accurately summarises why THR is being unfairly stymied, but also proposes sensible recommendations for vaping regulation.

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Concern over unscientific stance in WHO's 8th report on global tobacco epidemic

The World Health Organization’s recently released 8th report on the global tobacco epidemic relating to new and emerging products, is deeply flawed and unscientific according to a tobacco sector expert. This thought-provoking assessment also explains why the report is raising concern about the influence that Bloomberg Philanthropies exerts on WHO policy.