The shipping costs are rising, contact us for a real-time quote.
en English

The WHO “Postponed” Tobacco Harm Reduction Talks Until 2023

Taken from FCTC website

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) provisional agenda for its COP9 which is currently ongoing in Geneva, had indicated that any discussions pertaining to tobacco harm reduction (THR) will be moved to COP10 taking place in 2023. 

 Diane Caruana

A global broadcast hosting THR experts and consumer advocates for safer nicotine products, is being held during the same time as the COP9, to scrutinize and keep us updated on the conference.

The WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) provisional agenda for COP9, was released on August 5th, and it had indicated that the health agency’s report on emerging nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, had been postponed to the next convention taking place in 2 years’ time.

A global broadcast hosting THR experts and consumer advocates for safer nicotine products, is being held during the same time as the COP9, to scrutinize and keep us updated on the conference.

An article on Filter had underlined the fact that the WHO is disgracefully happy to keep “brushing aside mounting evidence that vaping is much less harmful than smoking.”

Commenting on this delay, Executive Coordinator the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) Nancy Loucas had explained why she believes that that discussions and decisions on safer nicotine alternatives will actually still be taking place at COP9, behind closed doors. “It’s now clear, however, that was a complete pretence aimed at minimizing a growing backlash against the WHO’s anti-vaping agenda,” said Loucas.

She has recently highlighted that for further proof that discussions and decisions on safer nicotine alternatives will indeed feature at COP9, one just needs to take a look at the WHO’s regional meetings which took place prior to the main event. CAPHRA had obtained the 27 September to 1 October agenda for the WHO’s Western Pacific Region Organization, which stated that the meeting was in ‘preparation for The Ninth Conference of the Parties’, and would include ‘scientific updates on emerging tobacco and tobacco-like products, and nicotine products’, their regulation, and a panel discussion on countries’ regulatory experiences.

sCOPe: The counter COP9 broadcast

To this effect, a global broadcast hosting (THR) experts and consumer advocates for safer nicotine products, had been announced. The event is being held currently, in parallel with COP9.

“Dubbed ‘sCOPe’, or ‘streaming Consumers On Point everywhere’, the five-day Livestream will be simulcast via YouTube and Facebook. Presenters and panelists will challenge and scrutinise COP9 – including who’s influencing and funding its efforts to demonise vaping, and why.”

The main organizer of sCOPe, CAPHRA, highlighted that the event is totally independent and non-aligned, organized with the aim of giving a voice to the public. “Before the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers were planning to front up to COP in person and show media our increasing anger for being shut out, once again, from the proceedings. The FCTC’s decision to delay COP9 and host it exclusively online, with no discussions to be publicly released, meant consumers had to take alternative action. Hence, the development of sCOPe,” she said.

“sCOPe is our response to being excluded from the table, as the main stakeholders, of the discussion and decision-making process that directly impacts our health and our right to make informed decisions,” she says.

the sCOPe is being currently simulcast on YouTube at and on Facebook as of 12.00pm Hong Kong Time on Monday, 8 November.

Article Source

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Let's have a chat

Learn how we helped 100 top brands gain success.

MaiShou Small Logo

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.