Global Condemnation Of the WHO Anti Vape Report
The latest WHO anti vape report has been slammed by vape advocates and vapers across the globe with one group calling it outrageous.
Its 8th annual global report on the tobacco epidemic basically claims e-cigarettes are just as harmful to health as lit tobacco and should be banned across the world – even here in the UK.
Read my take on it: WHO Slams Vaping As Harmful In Latest Anti-Vape Report.
As you can see from that article, vaping advocacy groups, scientists and politicians have been quick to condemn the claims.
And joining the condemnation are a couple of scientists that are really in the know.
Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, Senior Research Fellow in Health Behaviours, University of Oxford, said:
News that the WHO has branded electronic cigarettes as ‘harmful’ will come as a concern to many people who have switched from e-cigarettes to smoking, or are considering doing so.
E-cigarettes are not risk free and people who do not smoke should not start vaping.
However, for people who do smoke, it’s incredibly important public health messaging is clear – traditional cigarettes are uniquely deadly, and can be very hard to quit.
Nicotine is addictive but it’s not what causes the harm from smoking.
…The latest report from the WHO should not discourage people who smoke from switching to an alternative product – one which evidence shows is less harmful to them and those around them.
“Big Red Health Warning…”
He was joined by Prof Peter Hajek.
He’s a fervent pro-vape advocate and is the Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
He told the media:
Smoking-related cancer, heart disease and lung disease will eventually disappear as smoking is made obsolete by much less risky nicotine products that do not include combustion.
Given the large benefits this will bring to public health, it is paradoxical that the WHO has adopted a strident anti-vaping stance which risks preventing this transition.
This new report continues in that tradition, calls for banning the less risky alternatives while tobacco is freely sold, misreports evidence, and should be accompanied by a big red health warning.
Prof John Britton, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, University of Nottingham, said:
The WHO is also evidently still content with the hypocrisy of adopting a position which recommends the use of medicinal nicotine products to treat addiction to smoking, but advocates prohibition of consumer nicotine products which do the same thing, but better.
The WHO is right that non-smokers, especially children, should be discouraged from using any nicotine product.
But for the more than one billion tobacco smokers in the world, electronic nicotine delivery systems are part of the solution, not the problem.
As to if the WHO will listen, one very much doubts it given it’s addicted to the huge amounts of cash it receives from anti-vaping czar little Mike ‘Moneybags‘ Bloomberg.
Caphra Slams WHO Report
The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates, says the WHO’s claims are outrageous and don’t pull their punches.
You can see that Nancy Loucas, Caphra’s executive coordinator, is absolutely fuming…and then some.
She told the media:
Without any substantive evidence, WHO’s director general claims ‘electronic nicotine delivery systems are harmful.’
It’s an outrageous statement when vaping and other safer nicotine products continue to save the lives of millions of ex-smokers across the globe.
WHO completely fails to comprehend that many countries seeing falling smoking rates are the same countries that have positively regulated the adult availability of safer nicotine products.
They are not mutually exclusive.
If you want fewer people to die from cigarette use, you make safer alternatives available.
It’s that simple.
Sadly, too much billionaire money is now tied up discrediting vaping for the WHO to recommend Tobacco Harm Reduction guidance that will actually save lives.
It really is that simple…
But as I always say, when it comes to the WHO – money and certainly not the health of the world, talks.
Please do let me know your reaction to the WHO Anti Vape Report in the comments below.
Ukraine Vape Bans Now In Force
There’s over 8 million smokers in the Ukraine and the Government has just brought in tough new vape bans.
Vaping is now ‘illegal’ in most public places and flavoured vape juice – except tobacco flavours – are also banned.
The new laws had been discussed for a while, however, and on the back of the latest WHO anti-vape report [see link above], the vape ban legislation came into force on July 31st 2021.
The politicians claim the bans will stop youngsters from taking up vaping – however all the science shows that to be blatantly false.
For instance a recent study by a team at the prestigious Yale School of Public Health found that such bans send kids back to smoking lit cigarettes with all the health issues that brings.
Despite that – the bans have passed into law leaving smokers and of course vapers facing no escape from smoking related illnesses and death.
For the record 96500 people in the Ukraine die each year from lit tobacco, and I think we can safely say there’s a big fat zero of deaths from vaping…
But hey, the World Health Organization is really pleased to see these murderous anti-vaping laws coming into force, and want even more countries to follow suit.
Don’t take my word for it…
Bloomberg himself seems more concerned about the use of nicotine in vaping than deaths from lit tobacco – science KNOWS nicotine does NOT give you cancer – it’s the tar and other nasty stuff within tobacco smoke that kills.
He told the world vaping was looking to:
…hook another generation on nicotine.
We can’t let this happen.
Total bollocks but hey WHO – here’s another few million quid…
Look, vaping is at least 95% safer than combustibles, but the WHO and its billionaire backers refuse to budge.
Shocking to say the least and the same thing could happen here in the UK if we the vapers don’t act now.
Get involved and join the fight: We Support the UK Back Vaping Save Lives Campaign – Will You?
Goodbye To Marlboro?
The iconic Marlboro cigarette could be removed from sale here in the UK by 2030.
Not only that, parent company Phillip Morris International is urging the UK Government to ban ALL lit tobacco from sale by the same date!
It’s a bit of a shocker to say the least, as in a major Big Tobacco company calling for a ban of its own products, and one that makes you go WTF?!?
However, it seems that PMI is putting its faith in the growth of Heat Not Burn and other novel nicotine systems.
CEO Jacek Olczak told the media that he could:
…see a world without cigarettes.
PMI’s vice president of strategic and scientific communications, Moira Gilchrist, said:
With the right measures in place, [Philip Morris] can stop selling cigarettes in the UK in 10 years’ time.
Quitting is the best option, but for those who don’t, science and technology has allowed companies like ours to create better alternatives to continued smoking.
Double wow lol.
It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out…
and finally…My First Vape Toy Was A Meme!!!
It caused quite the stir on social media 4 years ago, but thanks to ‘fact checkers‘ it’s been proven to have been a ‘meme‘ and not real…ahem…
I’m talking about the My First Vape Toy and it’s taken a highly trained team of fact checkers to come up with that conclusion…
I could have saved them 4 years of research – all they had to do was checkout my interview with the ‘meme’ creator Adam Padilla lol.
Yeah maybe it was the last thing vaping needed at the time…maybe…
But come on, as I wrote at the time:
…I saw the meme – knew it was a meme – smiled – chuckled and moved on.
If the vaping ‘snowflakes’ out there really think this is going to ‘damage’ the vaping industry then they might need to get their sense of humour chakras re-aligned.
Massive thanks to the team of hard hitting journalists and fact checkers over at Reuters for putting this one to rest lol.
More vape news on Wednesday!