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Snapshot India

Consumer groups slam Bath study for ignoring evidence

Consumer groups have criticized a study produced by researchers from the University of Bath in the UK for ignoring scientific evidence in its methodology and for resorting to discriminatory labeling that undermines the efforts of tobacco harm reduction organisations. The Association of Vapers India (AVI), which pushes for less harmful alternatives to combustible cigarettes, protested the tactic employed by researchers from University of Bath’s Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) and sent a formal letter to the journal that published the study about the Twitter activity around the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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Snapshot Philippines

Senate asks FDA to follow enabling laws in drafting vapes, HTP guidelines

The Senate asked the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to follow the enabling laws in drafting the guidelines for the regulation of heated tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in the country. In the recent Senate deliberations on the budget of the Department of Health (DOH), Senate President Vicente Sotto III expressed concern that the FDA was going beyond the enabling law in preparing the implementing rules and regulations for HTPs and vapes.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3peMSqX

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FDA asked to stop receiving money from foreign private groups

Two leaders of the House of Representatives have filed a resolution urging the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop accepting money and return all the funds they received from foreign private groups such as The Union and Bloomberg Initiative. Deputy House Speaker Deogracias Victor Savellano, representing Ilocos Sur's First District and Nueva Ecija First District Rep. Estrellita Suansing, filed the resolution directing the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation on the alleged "questionable" receipt of private funding by the FDA and other government agencies and institutions in exchange for the issuance of specific and predefined policies against a legitimate industry under Philippine laws and in complete disregard of the rights and welfare of consumers.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2KJ19NC

Snapshot New Zealand

Amended vaping law takes effect in New Zealand

The Smoke-free Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020, which the 52nd Parliament passed into law in August 2020, took effect on 11 November 2020 with several guidelines to be enforced over a 15-month period. Under the law, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products will remain available and accessible to some 200,000 vapers in New Zealand and to adult smokers who want to switch to less harmful alternatives as long as they follow the regulations and restrictions whose implementation will be phased until February 2022.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3aAzWrn

Spotlight
Mirza Abeer, ASAP

Mirza Abeer is head of the Association for Smoking Alternatives in Pakistan (ASAP), a coalition of like minded individuals advocating the adoption of scientifically substantiated smoking alternatives amongst existing adult consumers, who do not quit, and policy makers, to help significantly reduce smoking rates in Pakistan. MIrza's story is steeped in anecdotes and situations many former smokers have faced and overcome.
Read here: https://bit.ly/37GnyUV
Mirza Abeer-asap
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