WHO do they think they are?
The World Health Organisation faced a tremendous backfire after an attempt to push to outlaw vaping. Headlines spreading fear mongering messages such as “Millions of Brits are facing a ban on vaping”, and “E-cigarettes in the UK could be BANNED under World Health Organisation recommendations to outlaw vaping”. It was one of the stupidest things ever brought to the attention of the British public, considering the forward-thinking stance the UK government and NHS have taken.
The Bloomberg bankrolled plan included two prohibition measures:
- To prohibit electronic nicotine delivery systems and electronic non-nicotine delivery systems over which the user can control device features and liquid ingredients (that is, open systems)
- To prohibit the sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems that have a higher abuse liability than conventional cigarettes, for example by restricting the emission rate or/flux of nicotine
Open systems refer to any device in which the use can change the coils and add their preferred e-liquid, which is preferred by over 75% of all vapers in the UK.
The WHO’s rationale behind this preposterous proposal to ban all open systems is based on the false claims and fears that vapers can add other chemicals and substances to the e-liquid. This is completely false, as this has been a non-issue for the last decade of vaping products being on the market.
UKVIA have also responded to the reports, “The World Health Organization risks being labelled an ‘enemy of harm-reduction’ if its inaccurate and unscientific treatment of vaping continues. The UKVIA has questioned the credibility of the WHO and says that it out of touch with growing evidence on the public health potential of vaping. Recent recommendations made by the WHO study group on Tobacco Product Regulations would prohibit electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems where the user can control device features and liquid ingredients.”
We cannot ignore the science here. Public Health England have proven time and time again that vaping is 95% safer than smoking, and any other claims made are either false or highly unproven.