The third Vape Live event something with another packed roster of international speakers.
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Here are our highlights from Day 3.
Vaping and Harm Reduction in Disadvantaged Groups with Dr Sharon Cox, University College London
Dr Cox is one of the UK’s leading researchers on tobacco harm reduction. She has a special interest in tobacco cessation and dependence within communities facing severe and multiple disadvantage.
Tobacco use can take a huge toll on disadvantaged communities such as the homeless. However, people can sometimes also be dealing with issues like drug dependence and unemployment, which may present a more immediate threat to health.
Removing a crutch or pleasure from the lives of people going through difficult times may not be the best approach. Instead, public health should look at providing a range of quit options. including vaping.
“What’s your situation? How dependent are you? What do you think’s going to get you through every day? We can’t be to a to evangelical about it, in terms of saying ‘this is the only way or that’s the only way.’,
“To lower smoking prevalence we’re going to be meeting people where smoking has been a big part of their lives and they’re heavily nicotine dependent. So we’ve got to think creatively and vaping has such an important role in that.”
Dr Sharon Cox, UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group
The EU’s War on Vaping: What Can Citizens Do? Michael Landl, World Vapers’ Alliance
The World Vapers’ Alliance has built a huge presence since its foundation just over a year ago.
Director Michael Landl took to the floor to talk about the work the organisation is involved in and what EU vapers can do to support the cause.
The EU’s Beating Cancer Plan was published this week and, if implemented, could have severe consequences for vaping across the Eurozone.
Restrictions such as flavour bans could lead millions of vapers back to smoking and see the emergence of black markets, Michael said.
While working in politics, Michael saw first hand the value of people writing to MEPs to get their opinions known.
“It’s very important that all of us raise our voices and be loud because our opponents try to shame and silence us.
“I encourage all consumers to join a national or international consumer organisation.”
The Zen Vaper CEO Don Thompson
Life as a vape business owner in the US has never been more challenging. From flavour and shipping bans to lockdown, it’s tough out there.
Despite all that, Don Thompson maintains an unbridled passion for vaping to continues to spread the word, having seen the devastating toll smoking took on his late mother.
The US has a difficult road ahead, Don said. But it’s up to us to fight the good fight.
“The politicians are hearing the propaganda and drinking the Kool Aid. Vaping is better, it’s a healthier alternative and it saves lives.”
Don Thompson, The Zen Vaper