*Guest: Dr. Derek Yach, President of Foundation for a Smoke-Free World
Not long ago, tobacco control researchers and public health officials openly discussed a possible worldwide “endgame” to combustible tobacco use, thus preventing the death of up to one billion smokers by end of this century. But today, the focus on endgame is forgotten as the tobacco control movement intensifies efforts to eradicate vaping, the only technology proven both scalable and appealing to smokers as a viable alternative to smoking.
Tobacco control fixates on preventing up-take of smoking and complete cessation of nicotine use. While technologies like vaping, represent the principles of reduced risk and harm reduction.
Joining us today on RegWatch is Dr. Derek Yach, President of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) and former World Health Organization (WHO) cabinet director and executive director for noncommunicable diseases and mental health where he was deeply involved with the development of the world’s treaty on tobacco control, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
At the forefront of global debate, hear Dr. Yach discuss the promise of tobacco harm reduction; why the WHO appears so vehemently opposed to harm reduction strategies; and whether increasing attacks on vaping (science and policy) and the reaction to crisis (youth epidemic, EVALI, and COVID19) have increased harm due to tobacco-related disease.
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Live Streamed: June 17, 2020
Sr. Producer: Cindy Schmidt
Exec. Producer: Brent Stafford