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Asia Pacific Declaration Fights For 600 Million Smokers' Lives – Scoop NZ


CAPHRA
logo – CAPHRA’s 11 member organisations have now signed
The Asia Pacific Declaration calling upon public health
experts and governments in region to put the health of their
people first and support Tobacco Harm
Reduction.

“September marks the
start of the secret season which sadly sees supposed
‘tobacco control experts’ playing up to their puppet
masters and denying Asia Pacific’s 600 million smokers’
access to safer nicotine products,” says Nancy Loucas,
Executive Coordinator of the Coalition of Asia Pacific
Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA).

Nancy
Loucas – CAPHRA’s Executive Coordinator says they simply
want alternative nicotine products recognised as being
dramatically safer than cigarettes, having already helped to
switch millions away from
smoking.

Her comments come as the
13th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health (APACT)
takes place virtually from Bangkok, Thailand on 2, 3 and 4
September.

A few days later, the World Health
Organization’s South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO)
will hold its regional conference online from 6 to 10
September, with the Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO)
following from 25 to 29 October. It all culminates with the
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Ninth
Conference of Parties (COP9) meeting online from 8 to 12
November.

“APACT has wheeled out a totally
predictable programme and line up of speakers who share an
irrational and untenable position against safer nicotine
products such as vaping. Also, in common is that many, if
not most, are longtime Bloomberg grant recipients or
indirect beneficiaries. Preaching to themselves in their
echo chamber, they continue to ignore all the science and
the harm they are causing consumers,” says Ms
Loucas.

She says just-released research has confirmed
these organisations’ links to American billionaire Michael
Bloomberg. To view: https://caphraorg.net/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/clarisse_virgino_research.pdf

With
frustration at an all-time high, the 11 member organisations
of CAPHRA have now signed The Asia Pacific Declaration
calling upon public health experts and governments in the
region (WHO SEARO and WHO WPRO designated countries) to put
the health of their people first and support Tobacco Harm
Reduction.

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‘We are extremely concerned that
decisions are being made in various conferences and regional
meetings that are not considering the body of scientific
evidence that proves the benefits of safer nicotine
products’, reads the Asia Pacific Declaration.

‘On
behalf of the millions of adults who use safer nicotine
products, and in support of the 600 million smokers across
the region who deserve access to safer alternatives, we call
on the Pfizer and Bloomberg funded Asia Pacific Conference
on Tobacco or Health to stop pushing failed policies
supported by their funders, but rejected by scientists,
researchers and leading democracies around the world’, it
added.

“We’ve issued this declaration as CAPHRA is
desperate to remind Asia Pacific health officials and
governments that burning tobacco – or combustion – is the
main cause of smoking related disease, not nicotine or
inhaling vapour. Tobacco use causes over two million deaths
per year in Asia Pacific, and smoking causes the majority of
those deaths,” says Ms Loucas.

“We simply want
them to recognise that alternative nicotine products are
dramatically safer than cigarettes, having already helped to
switch millions away from smoking,” she says.

She
says Public Health England’s annual reviews of all
available evidence have consistently concluded that vaping
is around 95% less harmful than smoking. Banning it serves
only to protect the cigarette industry.

‘Safer
nicotine products should be subject to balanced regulation
but must be regulated proportionate to harm, and not the
same as cigarettes and smoking. They should be prohibited
for youth. They should have health warnings. They should be
subject to appropriate, consumer-based quality and safety
standards. They should not be regulated as medicines,’ the
declaration reads.

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‘It is time for public health
officials and governments to tell the millions of vapers and
billions of smokers the truth. Switching to a safer nicotine
product is better for the individual, and better for public
health, than to continue smoking. Simply tell the
truth…’ concludes CAPHRA’s member
signatories.

CAPHRA’s 11 member organisations:
Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy, Vapers Philippines, Move
Malaysia, Harm Reduction Association of Malaysia, Korean
Harm Reduction Association, End Cigarette Smoking Thailand,
KABAR Indonesia, Heated Tobacco Concern HK, Asosiasi Vapers
Indonesia, Association for Smoking Alternatives in Pakistan,
and Factasia.

To read the full Asia Pacific
Declaration, dated September 2021, visit: http://caphraorg.net/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/APAC_declaration_september_2021.pdf

Now
live and boasting nearly 14,000 testimonials, CAPHRA is
calling on those who’ve quit cigarettes through smoke-free
nicotine alternatives to tell their story on www.righttovape.org

Consumer
groups in the Asia Pacific region have also launched a
petition at change.org/v4v-petition
that urges the World Health Organisation (WHO) to respect
consumer rights and to stop demonizing Tobacco Harm
Reduction options ahead of the next WHO FCTC in
November.

For a free digital media repository on
tobacco harm reduction in Asia Pacific – including media
releases, images and graphics – please visit https://apthrmedia.org

About
CAPHRA

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm
Advocates (CAPHRA) is a regional alliance of consumer
tobacco harm reduction advocacy organisations. Its mission
is to educate, advocate and represent the right of adult
alternative nicotine consumers to access and use of products
that reduce harm from tobacco use.

https://caphraorg.net/

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