UKVIA response to APPG for Vaping report on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control COP9

John Dunne, Director General of the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), applauded the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vaping: “It’s about time that the vaping industry stood up against the World Health Organization (WHO) and the APPG on Vaping has done a great job of doing so, challenging the organisation to change its approach to harm reduction and calling upon Government to consider a reduction in funding if they continue in the same vein by taking a prohibitionist stance. It was also good to see that the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control treaty was called into question by parliamentarians, who want it to better reflect UK’s national interest.

“It is crucial that the vaping sector, and former smokers turned vapers, speak with one voice to put pressure on the WHO to change its ways. As the body which is meant to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable, the WHO has a moral responsibility to do the right thing. We know full well that vaping is a fraction of the harm of smoking and is proven to be the best way to quit smoking. In addition, some three million vapers in our country – a significant number who have vaped for a long time now and have experienced positive life changing benefits – is proof that it is highly effective.”

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