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The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) is an alliance between the Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates and their respective organisations in the region.

 

Our mission and aim is to educate, advocate and represent the right of adult alternative nicotine consumers to access and use of products that reduce harm from tobacco use.

 

We are unfunded and grassroots.

 

 

All of our members work collaboratively through discussion, support, and mentorship for our respective countries’ consumers and together as the representative consumer voice in the Asia Pacific region.

 

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LATEST NEWS

#sCOPe22 latest news

sCOPe livestream 2022

 

Global THR advocates united ahead of COP10

 

A global audience, via multiple platforms, tuned into watch sCOPe’s two-day broadcast during the recent World Vape and World No Tobacco days.

 

“sCOPe22’s success was critical given delegates will be discussing and debating harm reduced products at next year’s COP10. sCOPe22 showed that consumer advocates worldwide are united and highly motivated to fight for millions of smokers’ lives,” says CAPHRA’s Nancy Loucas.

 

Tobacco Harm Reduction consumer advocates livestreamed for eight hours on both 30 and 31 May. The panel discussions and presentations included representatives from Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, North America, and Latin America.

 

sCOPe’s return on #WVD22 and #WNTD22 followed its five-day livestream last year during COP9 – the 9th Conference of Parties for the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

 

“Countries represented at COP10 need to fully understand that millions of lives depend on delegates’ substantive discussions and subsequent recommendations on safer nicotine products next year. The red light must turn green – it’s long overdue.

 

“Last year the FCTC kicked the subject for touch, but next year it’s all on. All eyes will be on COP10 to see if delegates start following the evidence not the emotion. THR works. Vaping bans don’t, and THR advocates are keener than ever to expose and change WHO’s fraught position,” says Ms Loucas.

 

European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (ETHRA), Vaping Saved My Life South Africa (VSML), Association of Vapers India (AVI), and the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA).

 

The Americas were also well represented with Latin American-based ARDT Iberoamerica, Rights For Vapers Canada (R4V), the Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada (THRA), and United States-based Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA).

 

“sCOPe22 uncovered many powerful personal stories of ex-smokers whose lives have been saved by switching to 95% less harmful vaping. Instead of demonizing safer nicotine products, WHO needs to embrace them. Outrageously, WHO’s misguided advice and bullying sees hundreds of millions of smokers still blocked from accessing these life-saving products,” she says.

 

Nancy Loucas says THR advocates are buoyed by the fact that every year more and more countries are ignoring WHO’s anti-vaping campaign. Instead, they’re legalising and regulating safer nicotine products.

 

“In the Asia Pacific region alone, The Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand are set to join nearly 70 countries worldwide which have wisely regulated vaping with dramatic declines in their overall smoking rates. If WHO wants to improve global health and save smokers’ lives, they’d promote a THR approach next year – at the latest,” says Nancy Loucas.

 

sCOPe22’s broadcast on WVD22: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YdaPu9hVRA

sCOPe22’s broadcast on WNTD22: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2Uf2GU5gAU

LATEST VIDEO PRESENTATIONS – World No Tobacco Day 2022 ||  World Vape Day 2022 || The Advocates Voice

SOCIAL MEDIA

CAPHRAFriday, June 24th, 2022 at 12:51am
Anti-vaping campaign will only send NZ youth back to smoking, says the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates https://t.co/1YoLqjCekK @caphraorg #vape #vapingnews #NewZealand #smokefree #vapingsaveslives https://t.co/bKfaTvsdXN
CAPHRATuesday, June 21st, 2022 at 9:00pm
Massive fines for selling vaping products and nicotine-free liquids ensure “that only the black market and tobacco companies will ultimately benefit”, excellent piece by @ColinMendelsohn at @WAtoday https://t.co/hlWjSd6q9X
CAPHRATuesday, June 21st, 2022 at 9:00pm
เรายังฝากอนาคตไว้ที่คนพวกนี้ได้อีกเหรอ? ประเทศอื่นเค้ามีแผนไปใช้พลังงานทดแทน พลังงานแสงอาทิตย์ ไม่มีการสันดาป ไม่ก่อมลภาวะ แต่หน่วยงานรัฐไทย คิดได้แค่นี้!! https://t.co/WGlvY3b6aw
CAPHRATuesday, June 21st, 2022 at 8:59pm
This talk that I gave (via Zoom) to the #GlobalNicotine Forum seems to have struck a chord. Getting so many positive comments makes me want to keep on keeping on with this story, so thanks. #smoking #vaping #philanthropy https://t.co/0BcmA5ZuS7
CAPHRATuesday, June 21st, 2022 at 4:15pm
At 14:00 CET you can hear our third #GFN22 keynote from Nancy Loucas of @caphraorg, speaking on 'Comm-UNITY: regional networks in #THR consumer advocacy'. Your host is @ChimNgoma and the respondent @amandawheeler32. Join us now! https://t.co/T0cHpPDet8 https://t.co/oIgFO1JfAN
CAPHRAorg
CAPHRAorg was live.Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 at 9:53pm

This livestream is a global event including four regions - Asia Pacific, North America, Africa and Latin America. Consumer THR organisations from these regions will be broadcasting live to discuss issues and take questions from viewers.

CAPHRAorg
CAPHRAorg
CAPHRAorg was live.Monday, May 30th, 2022 at 9:55pm

This livestream is a global event including four regions - Asia Pacific, North America, Africa and Latin America. Consumer THR organisations from these regions will be broadcasting live to discuss issues and take questions from viewers.

CAPHRAorg
CAPHRAorg
CAPHRAorg was live.Monday, May 30th, 2022 at 7:00pm

This livestream is a global event including four regions - Asia Pacific, North America, Africa and Latin America. Consumer THR organisations from these regions will be broadcasting live to discuss issues and take questions from viewers.

Vapers Testimonials

Tried everything during my +40 years of smoking to stop ! None of it worked for me! With the Vape is was just like a Walk in the park ! It came just by itself in less than 4 days, I don’t like the taste and smell of combustible cigarettes anymore! And will never return to the cigarettes either!

Ole Frederiksen

If it were banned I would use cross boarder or black market. Just because some people do not understand vaping or are susceptible to the wishes of big business, I don’t plan on killing myself by going back to smoking.

David Moger

I am a heavy smoker & smoke since 13 years old. I smoke 2 box per day. I started vaping since July 2015. With vape I have reduce my cigarette intake from 2 box per day to half a box per day… & After 3 months I have stop smoking… I hope people have other alternate option than cigarette.

Shehan Reza M. Sallim

I never would have thought I’d stop smoking but tried vaping and found I preferred it. The variety of devices and eliquids keeps it interesting so I don’t even want a cigarette. I like having a few puffs now and then rather than being bothered about the nicotine.

Ann P

Vaping saves lives no running from that. If not the best still way better than smoking tobacco cigarettes. Please don’t abandon us from our rights to choose a healthier alternative.

Sanib Ghai

Vaping is my lifeline as i quit smoking with the help of Vaping and now feel much better. If vaping is banned i am afraid that i will not be able to resist the urge of nicotine and will start smoking which i do not want to.

Jahanzeb Iqbal

I started smoking cigarettes at an early age and could not quit for years. Vaping ended my addiction to cigarettes and i feel a lot healthier.

Ammad

I do not use e-cigarettes But I believe everyone has the right to use alternatives to cigarettes

Zeph Chew

In Europe e-cigarettes were already sensibly regulated and are now over-regulated. Over-regulation will do nothing but abolish vaping so far as efficient and effective vaping is concerned and will hand what remains over to tobacco companies. This will amount to a giant leap backwards and the potential for game-changing advances in public health will be lost ……. but then this was never about health but all about money.

Sue Smith

Why ban a healthy alternative to smoking? Is it because of massive lobbying done by cigarette sellers like ITC?
Tobacco is more injurious, How about banning it?

Bharath

India

I am a smoker of 15 years and I have finally switched to vaping and it is far healthier than smoking. I do not do it for fun but to curb my nicotine cravings. Please don’t ban vaping without any substantial evidence of vaping being as bad as or worse than cigarette smoking

Chetan

India

I used to smoke a packet of cigarette! Tried using nicotine patches and chewing gums nothing helped. Since I started vaping I havnt smoked a cigarette and my health has improved to a great extent!

Jagdish

India

This is the kind of thing that saves lives. But as usual is being prevented because of vested interests. How can nicotine in tobacco, with the world knowing the harms of smoking tobacco, be ok to be sold than vaping which cuts out 95% of the harm.

Mactrlk

India

Vaping saves lives no running from that. If not the best still way better than smoking tobacco cigarettes. Please don’t abandon us from our rights to choose a healthier alternative.

Sahib

India

Was a smoker for 17 years, vaping help me kick this habit. I’ve been smoke free for 2 years now and will very soon be quitting vaping. Vaping has cut down my nicotine cravings and I plan to quit it within 2 years max.( I’m already down to low strength nic)

Syed

India

Global Deaths Since 2000

Smoking

142,113,265

Vaping

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