Saturday, May 30 is World Vape Day. It’s a day of recognition for the technology that has helped millions of people stay off combustible tobacco, and a celebration of the people who fight for smokers to have access to these livesaving products.
It’s also intended to raise awareness about the relative safety of vaping, and convince smokers to try tobacco harm reduction (THR) with a vape.
World Vape Day happens a day before the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day, the international tobacco control event on May 31 that used to be focused on educating the public about the harms of smoking, but has become a festival of opposition to the low-risk nicotine products like vapes that challenge the dominance of cigarettes.
Nicotine consumers around the world deserve low-risk alternatives to smoking, but in dozens of countries those options are denied to them by severe restrictions or outright bans. Just this week, The Union—one of many powerful international non-profit organizations involved in tobacco control—announced it is advocating for “the prohibition of the sale of e-cigarettes…in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), which are home to more than 80 percent of the world’s smokers.”
Jim McDonald – Vaping360 – May 29, 2020.