ETHRA’s monthly roundup of news: BECA debate ‘controversial’ issue of flavours - ETHRA, Sovape & Aiduce letters to BECA - ACPAN joins ETHRA - Vape shop support increases smoking cessation - Nicotine pouch ban - sCOPe Livestream Library - Country updates. Read on for more.
BECA draft report: second consideration of amendments
On Monday 8 November the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer met to debate amendments to the Rapporteur’s draft report. This was the second and final public consideration of amendments before a vote in Committee, which is scheduled for 6 December. Flavoured vaping products were described as controversial and featured throughout the meeting.
Check out Philippe Poirson’s analysis of the meeting (French):
ETHRA letter to BECA
ETHRA has written to all members of the BECA committee to highlight the important role flavours play in smoking cessation, and to draw attention to the potential unintended consequences of a vape flavour ban. The letter was prompted by the 8 November BECA meeting where a compromise amendment around e-liquid flavours was debated.
See also the excellent letter from ETHRA partners Sovape and Aiduce (French):
Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan roadmap
The European Commission has published an implementation roadmap and progress indicators for Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan to monitor developments on the ten flagship initiatives as well as its other actions.
From 8 - 13 November COPWATCH went live to provide daily updates, commentary and analysis from the Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Check the links for updates from each day of #COP9.
Day 1: https://copwatch.info/cop9-day-1/
Day 2: https://copwatch.info/cop9-day-2/
Day 3: https://copwatch.info/cop9-day-3/
Day 4: https://copwatch.info/cop9-day-4/
Day 5: https://copwatch.info/cop9-day-5/
A new report published by the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations highlights nine reasons why serious questions need to be asked about the anti-vaping stance of the World Health Organisation and the influence of Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Download the dossier here:
Support and advice from a vape shop has been shown to significantly increase the chances of smoking cessation, according to a survey from the University of Rennes.
NNA Ireland have issued a response to Sinn Féin TD Thomas Gould’s call for a ban on flavoured vaping products.
Nicotine pouches are to be banned in the Netherlands with immediate effect. The move is in addition to an e-liquid flavour ban which was announced earlier this year, and ensures that legally available low-risk alternatives to smoking will be almost non-existent in the Netherlands.
Deputy Chair of the Health Committee, Bård Hoksrud, has called for a reduction in the price of low-risk alternatives to smoking, saying: "It is smarter to create a policy that allows the population to ingest products that are less harmful"
A new study has found that workplace vaping restrictions have led to vapers feeling bullied, discriminated against, and in a few cases fired, because of vaping at work.
Read more here:
More from the UK
Flavoured vapes are much less harmful to young people than smoking, and could help teen smokers quit smoking, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. The research also found no evidence linking flavoured vaping with subsequent smoking among young people.
ETHRA welcomes a new partner association
We are delighted to announce Romanian consumer association Asociatia Consumatorilor de Produse Alternative cu Nicotina (ACPAN) as ETHRA’s newest partner. ACPAN are passionate tobacco harm reduction advocates who work tirelessly to raise awareness about THR among consumers and regulatory authorities. It’s an honour to welcome ACPAN as our 24th partner.
ETHRA NGO partners:
Prohibitionists at work
Clive Bates provides an in-depth analysis of the prohibitionist policies favoured by the World Health Organisation, and the likely effects such policies will have on public health.
“It’s a reckless policy, built on misplaced righteousness, defended by bureaucratic inertia, sustained by group-think, and cultivated by elitist billionaire foundation money. It’s a curse and a blight on public health, and government representatives should apply real-world policy disciplines and reject it.”
Lots to watch:
sCOPe Livestream Library
sCOPe, or ‘streaming Consumers On Point everywhere’ has launched an extensive library of videos from their round the clock broadcasting event which took place during COP9. The event featured world leading tobacco harm reduction experts and consumer advocates and provides an invaluable resource to inform the public and media, as well as the millions of ex-smokers who now use safer nicotine products.
Watch the videos here:
Watch the full series of interviews from the launch of the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report; “Fighting the Last War: the WHO and International Tobacco Control.”
Watch the videos here: