Asia-Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates Coalition Says WHO Recommended Vape Ban Will Only Create More Smokers


The World Health Organization’s meeting on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), delayed last year, could be the place to push for a global ban on vaping in November

Manila, Philippines, March 5, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Millions of vapers across Asia might feel compelled to start smoking again if a World Health Organization (WHO) proposal on e-cigarettes and other smokeless products is passed by lawmakers.

A new report published by the WHO Tobacco Regulatory Committee recommends that almost all vapers be banned, especially so-called “open” systems. Not regulated – But banned. It also demands that the same restrictions on cigarettes be applied to other emerging products, presumably so smokers can never get to know them.

In the open system, which is the preferred vaping way for many people across Asia, the consumer manually fills the liquid to be vaporized. According to the WHO, this system allows the addition of substances that could make the product more harmful.

“The latest WHO recommendation defies all logic,” said Nancy Loucas, the executive coordinator of CAPHRA. “If countries adopt the recommendation to ban open-system vapers, years of hard work by former smokers and good public policy will lose their meaning.”

“Let there be no doubt: vapers will then go back to smoking, which is the worst possible outcome.

“Banning all products is not the answer, nor is applying general cigarette rules to all emerging products. Bans encourage the black market. Bans do not provide adequate consumer protection.” Loucas said.

CAPHRA calls on governments to adopt evidence-based and common sense regulations for all vaping products.

“Just last week, the UK’s leading health agency, Public Health England (PHE), concluded that nicotine vaping products were the most popular aid used by smokers trying to quit smoking. “Loucas said.

“On the one hand you have a local public health agency looking at the evidence and ways to encourage smokers to quit smoking and vaping, and on the other you have a global agency stuck in its old ways. believe that the ban is the answer to everything. “

“The attitude of the WHO towards electronic cigarettes has been devastating for millions and millions of smokers and vapers around the world,” Loucas said.

CAPHRA said that only by regulating products can vapers remain protected, encouraged to quit smoking, and therefore achieve good public health outcomes.


The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Advocates (CAPHRA) is a regional alliance of consumer advocacy organizations for tobacco harm reduction. Its mission is to educate, defend and represent the right of adult consumers of alternative nicotine to access and use products that reduce the harms of smoking.

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CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates)
CAPHRA calls on governments to adopt evidence-based and common sense regulations for all vaping products.

Nancy Loucas – Executive Director of CAPHRA
According to Loucas, the latest WHO recommendation defies all logic.


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