Don't let your right to choose alternatives to smoking be taken away! | #Right2Switch

Don't let your right to choose alternatives to smoking be taken away! | #Right2Switch

17 April 2020
Petition to
World Health Organization
Signatures: 10,868Next goal: 15,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by voices 4vape

This petition can be read in:

1) sa Filipino
2) Bahasa Malaysia
3) ภาษาไทย
4) En español
5) En français 

Vape or vaping has been life-changing for many smokers in all parts of the world. It is considered by millions of former smokers, who have used it to successfully stop smoking cigarettes, to be one of the most effective cessation methods available compared to other methods.

It is no surprise that many millions of former smokers who have successfully switched to safer nicotine products are living better lives, not just for themselves but for their loved ones too. No burning, no smoke = a better quality of life for all.

The World Health Organisation Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is having their biennial meeting this November to propose new guidelines on combating smoking. In their pre-conference guidance to member countries, the WHO continues to insist that safer nicotine products, such as vapes or e-cigarettes are as harmful and dangerous as combustible tobacco and should be banned or heavily restricted.  This position is based on deliberate falsehoods, not facts, as they refuse to acknowledge the vast body of independent peer reviewed scientific evidence that clearly shows vaping to be at least 95% safer than smoking.  

This will put many smokers at risk of not being able to choose a safer alternative and may force the millions who have already successfully switched to less harmful nicotine products, back to the very thing that will cause HARM and eventually kill them. 

The WHO FCTC needs to finally start to follow its own constitutional mandate and the peer-reviewed science -  which they have so far wilfully and cynically failed to do.

1) Stop lying to us and only provide guidance based on sound scientific facts, methodologies and principles.

2) Regulate based on sound scientific facts that include stakeholder (consumer) participation as part of the decision making process.

3) Don’t ignore the basic human right to harm reduction that is one of the WHO's founding principles. "To serve public health at all times - to put people’s health interests first".

4) Stop interfering with the rights of adults to make informed choices regarding their health and well being. 

5) Don’t discriminate against smokers, or users of safer nicotine products, because they aren't doing what you want them to do “We strive to make people feel safe, respected, empowered, fairly treated and duly recognized”

6) Follow your own mandate of “We communicate openly with everyone and learn from one another” 

7) Don’t use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to disregard our rights to choose alternatives. - “We are guided by the best available science, evidence and technical expertise, We continuously develop ourselves and innovate to respond to a changing world.”

All of us need to unite, as one, globally, for our voices to be heard loudly and clearly by those who would rather not listen. As adults, we have every right to choose how we live our lives - the right to make informed choices for our health, including the choice to use safer nicotine products as an alternative to combustible tobacco.   A solution to the world's smoking problem is already here, we need to make WHO FCTC HEAR US.





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  • World Health Organization