The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to authorize the sale of electronic cigarettes in the U.S. is an important step forward that will help reduce the unacceptable deaths caused by tobacco use and give the 34 million smokers in the U.S. a better chance of giving up combustible cigarettes for good.
The FDA’s thorough approval process is considered the international gold standard for vaccines, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. We hope the FDA will share its research with other governments as they do with other similar health and safety decisions. Since 95% of the world’s 1.14 billion smokers live outside of the U.S., the biggest impact could be for them if the World Health Organization (WHO) and governments that have banned tobacco harm-reduction products follow the FDA’s lead and give smokers a real chance to quit. Unfortunately, the WHO still refuses to amend its Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to define the concept of tobacco harm reduction and the proportionate risks and benefits of products that have come onto the market. We hope this decision will help the WHO see the importance of changing their approach.
Research by leading scientists has consistently shown that harm-reduction tobacco products are less harmful to users than traditional combustibles. We encourage the WHO and other countries to look at the science and take more steps to ensure all smokers have access to cessation solutions, especially in the low- and middle-income countries, where most smokers live.
Mission is to eliminate smoking worldwide by supporting cessation & harm reduction #research, and transitioning tobacco #farmers to alternative livelihoods.
A new report by the Indonesia Development Foundation examines #Indonesia's #tobacco economic ecosystem and the dilemma it presents. Growing smoking rates are driving tobacco-related illnesses but the country's 450 cigarette industries provide income. https://www.smokefreeworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Indonesia%20Scoping%20Study%20Final%20Report.pdf
The #FightingTheLastWar launch will then hear from Dr. Derek Yach of @SmokeFreeFdn - and former WHO cabinet director for #NCD and mental health, speaking on 'The origins and decline of the #FCTC'.
Join the free event from 11am BST 27/10/21. Register at https://events.gsthr.org
Smoking is the world's biggest health challenge. Tobacco harm reduction is the most powerful #cessation tool in history, according to the Commission Report. #WHO’s 16-year-old #tobaccocontrol treaty must be updated to include THR. http://fightagainstsmoking.org http://ow.ly/DMAV50GueUD
A new scoping review of studies on health outcomes from electronic delivery systems (ENDS) upholds the consensus that #ENDS use is safer than risks posed by smoking cigarettes. The authors say more ENDS research is needed. @RiccardoPolosa @CotherHajat
In a @tobaccoreporter op-ed, Derek Yach (@swimdaily) says the #FDA’s authorization of an #e-cigarette has “signaled a distinct turn" and explains why it’s significant that the FDA used peer-reviewed scientific evidence to make its decision. http://ow.ly/lUj750Gs1g0
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