update on the voices4vape webinar – held 26.9.2020

Voices4Vape provides a background to Tobacco Harm Reduction advocacy in the Asia-Pacific region. The objective in our V4V webinar was to inform and engage, and we believed we achieved that.

Noted THR experts such as David Sweanor, Clive Bates and Fiona Patten shared their experiences and their knowledge throughout the webinar, and we thank them and all other presenters and participant, featured below, who gave so generously of their time.

We ask everyone for help in signing a petition that will be presented to the World Health Organization asking for them to recommend to their member countries that they immediately work on introducing sensible legislation to legalize and regulate vaping as part of their obligation to Tobacco Harm Reduction, which is a basic human right that many governments currently prohibit.

 

v4v v2 webinar presenters – Live 1pm HKT March 21, 2021

 

Nancy Loucas - CAPHRA

Nancy Loucas

Moderator

Nancy is a passionate THR advocate who co-founded Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) New Zealand in 2015 to legitimately fight for the right to vape and have that choice available for all smokers. She is also the executive coordinator of the Coalition of Asia Pacific (Tobacco) Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) where she applies her experience in THR advocacy to guide and mentor consumer advocates throughout the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

Julie Woessner

Julie Woessner

Julie graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1986. She is a retired lawyer, & has been involved in tobacco harm reduction advocacy since early 2009. Julie has been an active member of CASAA (The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association) since its inception in 2009. She held the position of President of the Governing Board of INNCO from 2018, and transferred to the position of interim Secretary General of the Secretariat in 2020.

 

Andrew Da Roza
Andrew da Rosa

Andrew is a qualified addictions psychotherapist. Andrew practices motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy to help clients identify their values, goals and strengths to enact positive change in their lives. Currently, Andrew is Chairman of We Care Community Services, and sits on the Board of the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association.

Jena Fetalino

Jena Fetalino

Jena has a solid background in the publishing industry, joining Mosman Communications Inc. and MEDCOM International in 1992 as Founding President at the age of 28. . At the 2014 Stevie Awards for Women in Business held in New York, she was recognized as the Female Executive of the Year in Business Services – Global Category, a first for the Philippines. We are fortunate to now have her working alongside us in the THR advocacy community to present our voice to the global media.

 

 

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It’s time to lend your voice to Voices4Vape …

We need to unite globally as one, in order to let our voices be heard. As consenting adults, we have every right to choose the way we live our lives, including alternatives to tobacco. WHO, we’re not invisible. If you think we are, you’re dead wrong about it!

Vaping and other forms of smoking alternatives, which have been scientifically proven to be less harmful, are a godsend for those who find it impossible to quit. As consenting adults, we have every right to choose the way we live our lives, including choosing alternatives to quit smoking.

A solution to the world’s smoking problem is already here, we just need the WHO to listen.

We understand that going against a global body such as the WHO may seem daunting, but take a look at their history and tell us if that’s an organisation that should be in charge of worldwide health guidelines, such as tobacco harm reduction efforts.

We need to unite globally as one and let our voices be heard.

… we believe in tobacco harm reduction & safer nicotine products

 


#smokefree4life 7 key messages

We, the people, demand that regulators and policymakers …

Recognise

Recognise

Recognise that vaping is dramatically safer than cigarettes and has helped millions quit smoking. Over 10 years of scientific research now points to the fact that Safer Nicotine Products are at least 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco and has successfully helped millions of people globally switch off the deadly alternative. #ScienceRules

 

Recall

Recall

Recall that harm reduction is at the core of international treaty obligations. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control defines ‘tobacco control’ as ‘a range of supply, demand and harm reduction strategies that aim to improve the health of a population’.
#WHOIsFailingUs

 

Regulate

Regulate

Regulate rather than ban. Policy makers must recognise the relative risks of Safer Nicotine Products in comparison to combustible tobacco and dangerous oral tobacco products and regulate according to those risks, instead of outright bans.
#LiveLifeSmokeFree

Rethink dogma

Rethink dogma

Rethink dogma. The use of Safer Nicotine Products should be encouraged, with an understanding by policy makers that choice and access are the key to their successful use to eliminate deadly tobacco. Use of SNP is not Smoking and should not be identified as smoking in policy, taxation or restriction. #FactsNotFiction

 

 

 
Re-evaluate

Re-evaluate

Regulators must recognise and balance the harm to adults when formulating policy to protect youth. The banning or restriction of flavours and calls for higher taxation on Safer Nicotine Products will result in a return to the product that will inevitably harm and most likely kill adult smokers. Studies have shown that youth that live with adult smokers are more likely to become smokers themselves and continue the cycle of harm and death. #WHOShouldCare

 

 

 

voices4vape manifesto

Our right to health is recognized as a fundamental international human right. Realise that smoking causes the vast majority of tobacco‐related death and disease. #HarmReductionisAHumanRight

We, the people, demand that regulators and policymakers – 

  • Recognise that vaping is dramatically safer than cigarettes and has helped millions quit smoking.
    Over ten years of scientific research now points to the fact that Safer Nicotine Products are at least 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco and has successfully helped millions of people globally switch off the deadly alternative. #ScienceRules
  • Recall that harm reduction is at the core of international treaty obligations.
    The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control defines ‘tobacco control’ as ‘a range of supply, demand and harm reduction strategies that aim to improve the health of a population’. #WHOIsFailingUs
  • Regulate rather than ban.
    Policy makers must recognise the relative risks of Safer Nicotine Products in comparison to combustible tobacco and dangerous oral tobacco products and regulate according to those risks, instead of outright bans. #LiveLifeSmokeFree
  • Rethink dogma.
    The use of Safer Nicotine Products should be encouraged, with an understanding by policy makers that choice and access are the key to their successful use to eliminate deadly tobacco. Use of SNP is not Smoking and should not be identified as smoking in policy, taxation or restriction. #FactsNotFiction
  • Regulators must recognise and balance the harm to adults when formulating policy to protect youth.
    The banning or restriction of flavours and calls for higher taxation on Safer Nicotine Products will result in a return to the product that will inevitably harm and most likely kill adult smokers. Studies have shown that youth that live with adult smokers are more likely to become smokers themselves and continue the cycle of harm and death. #WHOShouldCare

 

about v4v – faq

why we do what we do

One of the greatest challenges that vaping faces is the spread of lies and disinformation that paint an inaccurate and ugly picture that has no basis in science or truth. Whoever has the largest voice in the media wins. Period. This makes the challenge of dealing with the media all the more important in the race to spread factual information into the court of public opinion.

what drives v4v

The influence of the World Health Organization over the Tobacco Harm Reduction cannot be understated, as it is their word that heavily influences the decisions made by governments around the world. As we have seen from their dreadful performance during the COVID pandemic, they are often incorrect, with deadly consequences for thousands of people, and indeed, their stance on Tobacco Harm Reduction is at odds with their very own written mandate. As the Chinese General Sun Tzu said, to win a battle or a war you must know your enemy, and we are honoured to welcome a global expert on the subject of dealing with the WHO.

what is our goal

Asking governments to create sensible Tobacco Harm Reduction legislation means taking on deeply entrenched interest groups, often operating within the governments themselves. It is no secret that many Asian nations own their own cigarette manufacturing industries, which generates handsome profits and taxes. These are the same governments that have have pledged to eradicate smoking, and to add to the hypocracy many, have demonized vaping.

 

 

@smokefreeforlife petition can be found on caphraorg.net

  • I was able to quit cigarette smoking in just a month and now i’m no longer using nicotine based eliquids. Thanks to the vaping industry i was able to improve my health

    Chris – Philippines

  • I stopped smoking immediately (cold turkey) and switched to vape. I believe that this is a healthier alternative since I smoked 2 packs of cigarettes everyday.

    Ara – Philippines

  • Choosing the lesser evil is still my choice and that is my right.

    Alan – Philippines

  • I have been suffering from Asthma, i have been smoking for the past 15 years, six months back i switched to vaping and never had asthma attack since then. Vaping really helped me out in quitting smoke.

    Umar – Pakistan

  • Smoked for 16 years and the only thing that got me off them was vaping, after trying everything my doctor could give me Without vaping id still be smoking, spending god knows how much on something that in the end would kill me

    Selby – New Zealand

  • I was a smoker for 41 years, tried lots of methods to stop, started using an e-cig in October 2015, have not smoked tobacco since then.

    Jenny – New Zealand

  • My husband was a heavy smoker prior to vaping. When he was introduced to vaping, he stopped smoking cigarettes and eventually, quit vaping too! It has been 4 years since his last cigarette and 3 years since he stopped vaping. I do not vape, but I believe that everyone has the right to a less harmful alternative to smoking.

    Daphne – Malaysia

  • Vaping is the healthy way to quit smoking tabacco. This is my 3 years experience in vaping.

    Amer – Malaysia

  • Best harm reduction nicotine product in the market!

    Andrew – Ireland

  • Let’s stop the tobacco lobby sponsored genocide across the world!!!

    Prit – India

  • I quit smoking after 15 years thanks to vaping in one day its been 200 days am totally smoke free i support vaping it saved my life.

    Kaizaad – India

  • Having been a smoker for over 20 years at an average of 40 cigarettes a day, I can definitely say that switching to vaping is the only smoke cessation tool which helped me quit and i have tried them all. nicotine patches, de addiction pills, nicotine chewing gum and nicotine lozenges,

    Jagannath – India

  • I could never quit smokin.g. Because of vaping, I quit smoking instantly. My health has significantly improved since the switch. I can breathe more easily and have improved stamina and energy. Vaping is the best way to quit smoking.

    Apurva – India

  • I smoked for 13 years, then i heard of vaping, and i stopped smoking immediately as soon as i got my first vaping device.

    Tino – Finland

  • Vaping is the best thing that has happened to me in 8 years, I feel so much healthier. Playing ball and other sports with kids are much more easily doable after I managed to quit smoking.

    Joona – Finland

  • Whether any ban on vaping is an indication of innocence, ignorance, or corruption doesn’t matter; the result is a direct assault on the health (and freedom) of individuals.

    Marion – Canada

  • Vaping is the only method that worked for me, and helped me finally get away from tobacco cigarettes. I was a 30 year plus, 2 package a day smoker prior to trying vaping as a safer alternative. 95% safer if not more as endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians in Great Britain.

    Jackie – Canada

  • Over 3 years smoke free after 24 years trapped by the addiction of death thanks to vaping. I’ve never felt better, I’ve never smelt better, I’ve never been able to breathe better. Vaping saves lives, no butts about it!!

    Rob – Australia

  • Vaping saved my lungs and possibly my life. I am getting fitter, breathe better, taste and smell better. 100% win!

    Yvonne – Australia

 

 

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v4v v2 webinar presenters – Live 1pm HKT March 21, 2021

 

Nancy Loucas - CAPHRA

Nancy Loucas

Moderator

Nancy is a passionate THR advocate who co-founded Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) New Zealand in 2015 to legitimately fight for the right to vape and have that choice available for all smokers. She is also the executive coordinator of the Coalition of Asia Pacific (Tobacco) Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) where she applies her experience in THR advocacy to guide and mentor consumer advocates throughout the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

Julie Woessner

Julie Woessner

Julie graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1986. She is a retired lawyer, & has been involved in tobacco harm reduction advocacy since early 2009. Julie has been an active member of CASAA (The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association) since its inception in 2009. She held the position of President of the Governing Board of INNCO from 2018, and transferred to the position of interim Secretary General of the Secretariat in 2020.

 

Andrew Da Roza
Andrew da Rosa

Andrew is a qualified addictions psychotherapist. Andrew practices motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy to help clients identify their values, goals and strengths to enact positive change in their lives. Currently, Andrew is Chairman of We Care Community Services, and sits on the Board of the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association.

Jena Fetalino

Jena Fetalino

Jena has a solid background in the publishing industry, joining Mosman Communications Inc. and MEDCOM International in 1992 as Founding President at the age of 28. . At the 2014 Stevie Awards for Women in Business held in New York, she was recognized as the Female Executive of the Year in Business Services – Global Category, a first for the Philippines. We are fortunate to now have her working alongside us in the THR advocacy community to present our voice to the global media.

 

 

——————————————————- ——————————————————–


It’s time to lend your voice to Voices4Vape …

We need to unite globally as one, in order to let our voices be heard. As consenting adults, we have every right to choose the way we live our lives, including alternatives to tobacco. WHO, we’re not invisible. If you think we are, you’re dead wrong about it!

Vaping and other forms of smoking alternatives, which have been scientifically proven to be less harmful, are a godsend for those who find it impossible to quit. As consenting adults, we have every right to choose the way we live our lives, including choosing alternatives to quit smoking.

A solution to the world’s smoking problem is already here, we just need the WHO to listen.

We understand that going against a global body such as the WHO may seem daunting, but take a look at their history and tell us if that’s an organisation that should be in charge of worldwide health guidelines, such as tobacco harm reduction efforts.

We need to unite globally as one and let our voices be heard.

… we believe in tobacco harm reduction & safer nicotine products

 


#smokefree4life 7 key messages

We, the people, demand that regulators and policymakers …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

voices4vape manifesto

Our right to health is recognized as a fundamental international human right. Realise that smoking causes the vast majority of tobacco‐related death and disease. #HarmReductionisAHumanRight

We, the people, demand that regulators and policymakers – 

  • Recognise that vaping is dramatically safer than cigarettes and has helped millions quit smoking.
    Over ten years of scientific research now points to the fact that Safer Nicotine Products are at least 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco and has successfully helped millions of people globally switch off the deadly alternative. #ScienceRules
  • Recall that harm reduction is at the core of international treaty obligations.
    The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control defines ‘tobacco control’ as ‘a range of supply, demand and harm reduction strategies that aim to improve the health of a population’. #WHOIsFailingUs
  • Regulate rather than ban.
    Policy makers must recognise the relative risks of Safer Nicotine Products in comparison to combustible tobacco and dangerous oral tobacco products and regulate according to those risks, instead of outright bans. #LiveLifeSmokeFree
  • Rethink dogma.
    The use of Safer Nicotine Products should be encouraged, with an understanding by policy makers that choice and access are the key to their successful use to eliminate deadly tobacco. Use of SNP is not Smoking and should not be identified as smoking in policy, taxation or restriction. #FactsNotFiction
  • Regulators must recognise and balance the harm to adults when formulating policy to protect youth.
    The banning or restriction of flavours and calls for higher taxation on Safer Nicotine Products will result in a return to the product that will inevitably harm and most likely kill adult smokers. Studies have shown that youth that live with adult smokers are more likely to become smokers themselves and continue the cycle of harm and death. #WHOShouldCare

 

about v4v – faq

 

@smokefreeforlife petition can be found on caphraorg.net

 

 

v4v fb feed

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Voices4vapeWednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 12:19am

The evidence is in ....

Studies show that tens of thousands of smokers stopped as a result of vaping in 2017, similar to estimates in previous...

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Voices4vapeWednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 12:05am

PHE’s advice remains that smokers should switch to vaping products to help them quit smoking, but non-smokers should not take up vaping. Vaping products contain significantly less harmful chemicals than...

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Voices4vapeThursday, February 18th, 2021 at 9:42pm

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Voices4vape updated their status.Monday, February 15th, 2021 at 3:25am
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Voices4vapeMonday, February 1st, 2021 at 8:32pm
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Voices4vapeMonday, January 25th, 2021 at 11:34pm

Today we launched a consultation on vaping regulations for New Zealand. Have your say on where vaping products can be displayed, how they can be packaged and promoted and the...

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Voices4vape updated their status.Monday, January 25th, 2021 at 11:00pm
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Voices4vapeSunday, January 24th, 2021 at 6:21am

The Advocates Voice, Episode 3 will be premiering on 28 January 2021 at 7PM Hong Kong Time.
Link: https://youtu.be/xRw4Tlkcnqg
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