Against a backdrop of the WHO suggesting that vaping should be banned, the Parliamentarians sought to assess how our progressive and successful approach to tobacco harm reduction and reduced risk products at home, fits in with the WHO’s prohibitionist stance at a time when the UK is one of the WHO’s largest state donors.
LONDON – In a report released today 31/3/21, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Vaping has called upon the Government to make the most of Brexit by challenging the World Health Organization’s (WHO) opposition to vaping at the upcoming Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Conference of Parties (COP).
The call follows a four-month Inquiry into the FCTC by the APPG which investigated the FCTC’s history, governance and approach to evidence-based decision-making. It was prompted by the WHO encouraging and applauding bans on vaping.
At a time when the UK Government has set an ambitious target to make England smoke-free by 2030, and Public Health England has asserted vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking, the Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords wanted to ensure the WHO doesn’t turn its back on the lives of the one billion people around the world who still smoke, including the seven million in the UK.
All Party Parliamentary Group for Vaping – 2021-03-31.