The Global Forum on Nicotine 2016, held in Warsaw, is the biggest international congress about nicotine, where the e-Cig is one of the main subjects. Professors, scientists and activists were just some of the interesting people that attended this year and boy did they have some interesting things to say!
Professor Gerry Stimson kicked off things by saying:
“E-cigarettes have the potential to save lives, but many Governments get worried about products and how they should best react. There are some countries around the world who have banned e-cigarettes or sometimes these products are already banned under existing legislations.”
Prof Stimson, made a great point. Many authoritative figures just simply do not have enough information about vaping and vape gear, so the easiest thing to do is to ban them instead of researching further into the devices and the effects they have.
Doctor Christopher Russell also backed up the claims that vaping can help smokers quit.
“I have conducted research with successful quitters that used vaping to help them switch. We collected information and advice from these groups of people in order to be able to pass on this information and tips to more smokers looking to use vaping as a method to quitting smoking. We thought a great way to do this would be to ask vapers to add videos to our YouTube channel – Vapers Helping Smoker To Quit – so smokers who were unsure about vaping because of safety or not sure if it would fit into their way of life, will feel reassured and confident about using e-cigarettes to quit for good.”
Not only can vaping improve a smoker’s health hugely, but it has also created a sense of community and togetherness that, in this modern age, is hard to find.
David Dorn also has some strong words to say on the subject;
“We have to make e-cigarettes easily accessible to absolutely everyone who needs them, we need worldwide acceptance as being the ultimate harm reduction when it comes to tobacco harm. Governments worldwide need to accept them, promote them and enhance them, for users in all of their countries. Everybody needs to stand up and say that e-cigs are a good thing and that they can save lives and that just needs to be accepted.”
Dr Jacques Le Houezec also agreed:
“A very important point is to hear what vapers have to say, but also to take a moment, like we did in France for example, we invited all stakeholders both for and against e-cigs to attend a meeting and talk to each other. The end result of this discussion was the creation of the working group at the Ministry of Health in France to implement the TPD. I think this is the way forward for many countries.”
The consensus of the forum was unanimous, e-cigs need to be accepted worldwide. They save lives and will continue to do so if we fight for them. The restrictions and legislations not in favour of vaping are mainly due to ill-informed parties not being aware of the potential life saving advantages e-cigs can provide.
For more views and opinions on the future of vaping you can see the full video here:
If we keep on fighting we can keep on vaping!
Ryan is a vaper, editor and content creator who spends most of his time bringing the interesting, entertaining, original and well-written articles to vapers. He believes that vaping is not only a healthier alternative to smoking, but also a great experience of life.