Smokers Can’t Afford WHO To Be Wrong…


Friday, 5 November 2021, 3:11 pm

Press Launch: sCOPe

The World Well being Group’s failure to declare a world emergency in 2020 can be repeated in 2021 when the WHO will seemingly abandon worldwide tobacco hurt discount efforts and condemn tens of millions of people who smoke to an early loss of life,” says Nancy Loucas, a number one client advocate.

“The WHO got it totally wrong on Covid-19, and it’s no surprise they’ve also got it very wrong with safer nicotine products such as vaping,” she says.

The New York-born native and passionate tobacco harm reduction advocate is chief organiser of next week’s round-the-clock sCOPe broadcast focused on the other COP happening this month, the WHO’s COP9 for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

“We can’t afford to let the WHO get it wrong – yet again – on tobacco harm reduction,” says Ms Loucas, who additionally heads the buyer advocacy alliance, CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Hurt Discount Advocates).

Ms Loucas is now completely primarily based in New Zealand, a rustic the place assist for vaping continues to develop. She sees solely darkish days forward internationally if the WHO has its approach and continues its hard-line in opposition to safer nicotine merchandise.

“The WHO’s attitude to nicotine vaping is misguided, misinformed and utterly mistaken, and is potentially a death trap for millions of smokers struggling to quit,” she says.

sCOPe – the knowledge antidote to the secretive WHO COP9 – is a five-day YouTube simulcast beginning on Monday, 8 November.

“COP 9 delegates should be open to everything that has the evidence showing reduced harm, and can reduce, and ultimately prevent, eight million annual smoking-related deaths worldwide. Yet they close their minds to vaping as the best emerging tobacco harm reduction solution,” says Ms Loucas.

She says the WHO continues to scaremonger, as a matter of coverage, in opposition to confirmed and viable hurt decreased options, particularly nicotine vaping, by cherry-picking or blatantly disregarding validated scientific proof.

“We’re appalled that the WHO and COP9 delegates close their eyes and ears to a harm reduction option already proving itself by getting hard-core smokers to quit when established options have failed. It’s a triumph of ideology over science,” she says.

sCOPe presenters and panellists will problem COP9 and scrutinise who’s influencing the WHO’s efforts to demonise safer options, and why.

“As an ex-smoker, vaping has improved my health and arguably saved my life, yet the WHO and its sponsor American Michael Bloomberg have pressured countries like mine to ban it. Thankfully, Malaysia has pushed back, with our government now set to regulate vape liquids instead,” says Samsul Kamal Ariffin, President of MOVE (Malaysian Group of Vape Entities), and sCOPe panellist.

“sCOPe is a much-needed counterpoint to those dangerous and deadly attitudes. The WHO and the tobacco control establishment’s obsessive determination to shut out, suppress and demonise those who challenge their world view motivates us to challenge them and their secretive COP9 deliberations,” says Nancy Loucas.

“For five days and nights our global broadcast will prove that WHO’s position against safer nicotine products is unplausible and untenable. It’s now time for COP9 delegates to stand up and speak out,” she says.

sCOPe can be simulcast on YouTube at and on Fb from 12.00pm Hong Kong Time / 4.00am GMT on Monday, 8 November till midnight (HKT) Friday, 12 November. An hour-long sCOPe wrap-up and dialogue can be broadcast from 6.00pm Hong Kong Time (10.00am GMT) on Wednesday, 17 November.

About sCOPe

sCOPe is a global broadcasting occasion happening all through COP9. The five-day livestream, from 8 to 12 November, will function world-leading THR specialists and client advocates for safer nicotine merchandise. sCOPe can be simulcast on YouTube and Fb. Regardless of being shut out of COP9, vapers have vowed they won’t be silenced.

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