Despite countless peer-reviewed scientific studies the World Health Organization still refuses to recognize vaping as a much healthier alternative to smoking.
May 31st sees yet another World No Tobacco Day and once again and despite this year’s theme being Tobacco and Lung Health, there’s no mention whatsoever of the benefits of making the switch.
As I wrote in the article last year: WHO Missed A Trick With World No Tobacco Day, by ignoring e-cigarettes the guardians of the world’s health are pretty much criminally incompetent.
The New Nicotine Alliance have often voiced their concern at the WHO stance on vaping. Indeed last year they were placed on the WHO blacklist – alongside tobacco companies and arms dealers – simply for offering advice to change their stance.
Last year’s no tobacco day featured smoking effects on the heart and this year it sees attention turned to the lungs with these two key points:
- the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease
- the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.
The day is meant to raise awareness of the effects lit tobacco can have on the lungs from cancer to the danger of second-hand smoke – neither of which are an issue with vaping!
A spokesman for WHO said:
Lung health is not achieved merely through the absence of disease, and tobacco smoke has major implications for the lung health of smokers and non-smokers globally.
In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target of a one-third reduction in NCD premature mortality by 2030, tobacco control must be a priority for governments and communities worldwide. Currently, the world is not on track to meeting this target.
Countries should respond to the tobacco epidemic through full implementation of the WHO FCTC and by adopting the MPOWER measures at the highest level of achievement, which involves developing, implementing, and enforcing the most effective tobacco control policies aimed at reducing the demand for tobacco.
Parents and other members of the community should also take measures to promote their own health, and that of their children, by protecting them from the harms caused by tobacco.
Pretty sure vapers in their zillions are doing that right now and off their own backs and despite the BS coming from organizations such as WHO.
We think the WHO needs a few information updates!