Sunday, 30 Might 2021, 4:52 pm
Press Launch: Aotearoa Vapers Neighborhood Advocacy
Kiwi ex-smokers and vaping advocates rejoice World Vape Day at present – 30 Might – the primary since New Zealand legislated and controlled vaping. Nonetheless, far more effort is required to attain Smokefree Aotearoa with submissions on the Authorities’s motion plan set to shut, say tobacco hurt discount proponents.
“World Vape Day is a celebration of personal stories of smokers who have found an incredibly effective way out of smoking, thanks to the advent of innovative smoke-free products,” says Nancy Loucas, co-director of Aotearoa Vapers Neighborhood Advocacy (AVCA).
She notes that regardless of the worldwide success of vaping, and it being key to decreasing New Zealand’s general smoking charge to report low ranges, the World Well being Organisation continues to disregard quite a few impartial research printed in peer-reviewed scientific journals supporting vaping as a a lot safer various to lethal cigarettes.
What’s extra, she says, an more and more adverse media narrative in New Zealand a couple of supposed ‘vaping epidemic’ among the many youth is just not supported by proof. Current laws have additionally lessened vaping’s advertising attraction and made youth entry a lot harder.
“After examining a survey of over 27,000 secondary school students, University of Auckland researchers last year confirmed there was no youth vaping epidemic in New Zealand. They found that only 0.8% of 14 and 15-year-olds, who had never smoked, were regular vapers. It’s important we stay focused on the evidence, not the emotion,” she says.
This yr’s World Vape Day highlights smoke-free merchandise as ‘the better choice’ to flamable cigarettes that are linked to greater than eight million untimely deaths annually amongst 1.1 billion people who smoke globally.
AVCA notes that Public Well being England, in its 2018 impartial proof overview, concluded that ‘e-cigarettes are around 95-percent safer than combustible cigarettes.’
“Thankfully more than 50 million smokers around the world have already switched to vaping, which means they have significantly reduced their exposure to toxins and carcinogens found in tobacco smoke.
“With up to 200,000 ex-smokers now vaping in New Zealand, World Vape Day continues to grow here every year. Vaping is key to achieving smokefree and saving lives, so there is a lot to celebrate,” says Ms Loucas.
World Vape Day is well known a day earlier than World No Tobacco Day, also referred to as World Smokefree Day, on Might 31.
She says that whereas World Vape Day is being extensively celebrated, for a number of Asia-Pacific nations, like Thailand, vapers proceed to face imprisonment and fines. Nonetheless, information out of the Philippines in current days is constructive.
Laws supporting vaping has handed within the Philippines’ Home of Representatives. The proposed ‘Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act’ now goes to the Senate the place it’s anticipated to go. Ms Loucas says it is a large achievement for tobacco hurt discount advocates within the Philippines.
Whereas vaping was legislated in New Zealand final yr, and extra Ministry of Well being laws shall be finalised by Cupboard subsequent month, AVCA believes vaping must be elevated as a key element within the Authorities’s smokefree motion plan. In any other case, Smokefree Aotearoa won’t ever be achieved.
AVCA is encouraging submissions on the Authorities’s smokefree dialogue doc earlier than 5.00pm on Monday, 31 Might through: https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/proposals-smokefree-aotearoa-2025-action-plan
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