World Vapers’ Alliance Calls On New Zealand To Share Its Success Story With The WHO


The World Vapers’ Alliance (WVA) has called on the New
Zealand government to promote its world-leading approach to
vaping at a major anti-smoking conference this
November.

WVA Director Michael Landl
said:

‘The New Zealand Government must persuade
the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other countries to
back vaping and beat smoking, like New Zealand has done, at
the upcoming FCTC ‘COP9’ conference.

New
Zealand’s endorsement of vaping as a tool to quit smoking
has seen smoking rates drop to all time lows of 10.5% in
2021. This downward trend has accelerated as the Ministry of
Health has rolled out programmes such as
‘VapetoQuitStrong’, aimed at young indigenous smokers.
If global leaders acted like New Zealand, 200 million lives
could be saved.’

Commenting on New Zealand’s
approach, Director of the WVA Michael Landl
said:

New Zealand’s approach to vaping is an
excellent example for the rest of the world, and shows how
vaping can be used to reduce health inequalities and drive
down smoking rates. If other countries followed suit,
millions of lives would be saved and millions more would
improve their quality of life. New Zealand has a real
responsibility to share its success story.”

2021
is a critical year for public health policies globally. The
global ‘COP9’ conference, run by the WHO, will take
place this November and set the direction for anti-smoking
and vaping policies worldwide. But in direct opposition to
the evidence on vaping, which has been shown to be at least
95% less harmful than smoking, the WHO has time and time
again called for countries to regulate vapes as harshly as
traditional cigarettes.

Following through on the
WHO’s intentions would spell disaster for vapers and for
public health. Millions of vapers may be forced back to
smoking due to tax hikes, flavour bans, and other
restrictions that would reduce access to vapes.

Landl
added: “More than 8 million people still die every year
from smoking, according to the WHO’s own figures. And the
WHO now has an opportunity to beat smoking for good. But to
do this they need to take a step back and look at the wealth
of scientific evidence and the firsthand experience of
millions who have used vapes to quit.

It is
vital that Kiwis who vape take note and demand that their
government put science first on the world stage. The only
way policymakers will hear us is if we fight together and
back vaping to beat
smoking.”

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