27 July 2021 | In response to: WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2021: New and Emerging Products
“The WHO’s tobacco control approach is fundamentally flawed. In 20 years, they have simply failed to make any meaningful progress to reduce tobacco consumption, with over 1bn tobacco users today and 8m people dying annually from tobacco-related illnesses."
"The slowing decline in use of combustible cigarettes is a serious indictment of the organisation and their Bloomberg partners who have been focused on excessive rhetoric as opposed to action, undermining true progress. Favoured consumption reduction mechanisms, such as effective tax policies, have badly lagged in most developing nations, and there has been a massive failure to help smokers in these countries quit, with doctors rarely engaged and nicotine replacement therapies not available. This despite over $1bn being invested by Bloomberg in these countries."
“The exceptional growth of next generation devices offers the WHO a real opportunity to tackle combustible consumption once and for all. Over 100 million ex-smokers use reduced risk products and the WHO should be taking advantage of massive investment in the sector by encouraging governments to provide an incentivised regulatory framework to enable greater expansion."
“If ever there was a time to show some pragmatism and get serious on harm reduction strategies, as health systems play catch up from the pandemic, it is now.”
Mission is to eliminate smoking worldwide by supporting cessation & harm reduction #research, and transitioning tobacco #farmers to alternative livelihoods.
It is simply unacceptable that global consumption of #cigarettes is the same today as it was 30 years ago. The International Commission was created to consider new solutions for preventing deaths from tobacco use. #FightAgainstSmoking https://www.fightagainstsmoking.org/
Pieter Vorster believes that the tobacco transformation index is a useful tool for investors and will become more important in the future. #GTNF2021
As @thegtnf comes to a close, a panel on investment will continue the dialogue on the impact investors have on #tobacco companies. For more on the path ahead, explore the Tobacco Transformation Index: https://tobaccotransformationindex.org/
About 90% of the worlds’ #vaping devices are manufactured in #Shenzhen. #China has the potential to lead innovations in the #tobaccharmreduction sector. They must be considered during today’s @thegtnf panel, “Innovation as the Path to Progress” https://www.smokefreeworld.org/china-could-lead-transformation-of-the-tobacco-sector/
“Smoking is the biggest public health challenge in the world today. We need boldness, imagination, & a recognition that consumer preferences & new technology are forces that will drive the change that is needed." - Amb. James Glassman #FightAgainstSmoking https://www.fightagainstsmoking.org/the-global-fight-against-tobacco-has-stalled/
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