European Tobacco Harm Reduction Organization issued a declaration: Regarding access to e-cigarettes as a human right

By | 2020-11-04

According to Vapingpost, the European Advocate for Tobacco Harm Reduction (ETHRA) has issued a manifesto on behalf of millions of smokers who have successfully quit or reduced harm. They announced their presence in Europe through safer alternatives such as e-cigarettes and snuff. right.
ETHRA is composed of 21 consumer associations in 16 European countries. The declaration was launched in May last year and was launched on behalf of the 27 million grassroots consumers in Europe who used safer products to quit smoking. The declaration urged policymakers to recognize the harm of tobacco before World No Tobacco Day;
Although there is evidence to support the use of risk-reducing products (such as e-cigarettes and snuff) to quit smoking and reduce harm, some European countries are still implementing unnecessary bans and restrictions on the products.

For this reason, the document “ETHRA Declaration” written by consumers is promoting wise and appropriate regulations on products so that the public who wish to continue to use safer alternatives to quit smoking or reduce harm can continue to use it.
“Tobacco harm reduction refers to public health and other evidence-based policies aimed at reducing the negative social and/or physical consequences of smoking. It supports the use of new nicotine products and supports research on their safety and effectiveness.” The ETHTA press release explained.
ETHRA’s 21 partners (representing millions of consumers in 16 countries) urge the European Union, the World Health Organization, and governments in Europe and other countries to consider these important principles when formulating policies:

· Access to harm reduction, including reducing the harm of tobacco, must be regarded as a human right;
· In policy discussions, consumers of safer nicotine products must be regarded as essential stakeholders;
· Regulations on safer nicotine products must reflect the risks associated with smoking risks;
· Regulators must recognize that choosing a variety of products and flavors is the key to the success of safer nicotine products that enable people to quit smoking;
· When considering bans aimed at protecting youth, regulations must consider harm to adults;
· Tax policies must take into account that high taxes on safer nicotine products will increase smoking rates.

In Europe, as the review of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is expected to tighten regulations, reducing the harm of tobacco faces some challenges. In addition, the Conference of the Parties of the World Health Organization will be held in the Netherlands next year. Regrettably, the WHO is still inaccurately claiming that electronic nicotine delivery systems and smoke-free alternatives do not help smokers quit smoking. For example, electronic cigarettes are more harmful than combustible tobacco; in terms of addictiveness, nicotine is equivalent to heroin, etc. Incorrect information.
In fact, Nancy Loucas, director of the New Zealand Electronic Cigarette Association (AVCA), recently pointed out that the status of WHO is affected and compromised by vested interest groups, and vested interest groups provide funds to the organization, such as selling stickers. Tablets and other NRT pharmaceutical companies.

“Vested interests have colored the information to serve the political and financial interests of the Bloomberg Charity Foundation and the Gates Foundation, which provided nearly half of the funding for the WHO-FCTC. The World Health Organization lies to you to protect yourself And keep their private donors benefiting. They are not objective. They are not focused on the responsibilities assigned to them by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to promote people’s health, nor are they given access to information to make decisions about them. The right to healthy, informed choices.”