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issue 2 - october mmxx

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Welcome to our second newsletter for October. Once again, we thank you, and those who have signed-up since our earlier October issue, for opting-in to our newsletter. If you need to manage your subscription, please do so via the links in the footer.

The aim of the CAPHRA newsletter is to keep you, our subscribers, up to date with the latest information about tobacco harm reduction information and initiatives, plus to announce upcoming webinars. We are particularly pleased with the fabulous results of our latest, the Voices4Vape Webinar held 26 September. You can read more about the webinar below.

If you would like to leave any feedback, including suggestions or your own news, information and/or articles, please use the contact form on the CAPHRA site, found here. If you have any questions about THR, then please feel free to ask away. We'd be happy to respond to any inquiries.

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RACGP welcomes TGA stance on e-cigarettes

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has welcomed the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) interim decision clarifying the regulation of e-cigarettes containing nicotine and nicotine fluids for vaping.
"If made final, the interim decision would mean that these products could only be supplied via a doctor’s prescription.


Smokers increasingly using e-cigarettes to quit, survey shows

People who smoke are increasingly using e-cigarettes to try to quit smoking, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.
"The researchers found that between 2016 and 2018 the level of awareness, as well as the use of e-cigarettes, increased among smokers and those who had recently quit smoking.



Tobacco alternatives don’t reach market

Various consumer groups have said the World Health Organization (WHO) seems to be being used by big pharmaceutical companies, charity foundations and state-controlled tobacco companies to perpetuate cigarette trade by driving less harmful alternatives to the black market, leaving more than a billion smokers exposed to serious health risks from smoking
"Samrat Chowdhery of the Association of Vapers India said that while the WHO was predicting that the number of smokers globally would remain at more than a billion over the next five years, the health body was not doing anything to change its ineffective prohibitionist policy."


New Zealand

Vaping will now join smoking as a prohibited activity in public spaces in Hamilton.
However, concerns remain over how united the Hamilton City Council and the Waikato District Health Board are in ridding the city of what is increasingly being seen as a future threat to the wellbeing of the city’s younger generations in particular.


Hong Kong

The Department of Health (DH) and the Police September 29 conducted a joint operation against the illegal possession of nicotine-containing liquids intended for use with electronic nicotine delivery systems, commonly known as e-cigarettes. Acting upon a public complaint, the DH raided a retail store in Sham Shui Po and found a number of brands of liquids for use in e-cigarettes labelled with nicotine contents, including the brands HUANXI, RELX, GENTLE and SECRET.

V4V October Spotlight - Clive Bates

Over 250 people registered with CAPHRA for the Voices4Vape Webinar held 26 September, and more than 1500 people tuned in for a fascinating insight into tobacco harm reduction.

One notable advocate who joined the webinar was Clive Bates, who shared his experiences and knowledge and unique perspective on the inner workings of the WHO. For Clive's full Q&A with moderator Gavin Ryan, click on the image above, or follow this link

Clive Bates biography:
Clive is a global THR advocate and former director of the UK’s Action on Smoking and Health,
has had a diverse career in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Starting out with IBM, he then switched career to work in the environment movement. From 1997-2003 he was Director of Action on Smoking and Health (UK), campaigning to reduce the harms caused by tobacco. In 2003 he joined Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit as a civil servant and worked in senior roles in the public sector and for the United Nations in Sudan. He is now Director of The Counterfactual, a consulting and advocacy practice focused on a pragmatic approach to sustainability and public health.

For those who may have missed the webinar or would like to watch again, the full replay can be found

CAPHRA and its member organisations thank all the people who attended and participated in the webinar and ask that if you have not already done so, please visit the Voices4Vape website.

Once there, you can:
  • Join our newsletter mailing list and stay connected;
  • Send us an email to let us know your thoughts on the webinar (good and bad - so we can improve for the next time);
  • Take our online survey found here, tell us about yourself and your relationship with vaping;
  • Sign the 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.
We thank you again for your interest in our efforts, and appreciate you taking the time to subscribe to the CAPHRA newsletter. If you'd like to discuss the content of this newsletter, please contact us via our page here.
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