Fontem Ventures Calls on World Health Organization to Recognize Vaping as Option for Tobacco Harm Reduction
by: Angela Garrity
Today is World No Tobacco Day and Fontem Ventures wants the World Health Organization (WHO) to encourage vaping as an option for the world’s smokers looking to switch. Fontem Ventures, the owner of Blu, is calling on the WHO to recognize the growing evidence that vaping can make a significant contribution to tobacco harm reduction.
There are more than 430 million daily smokers combined in China, India and Indonesia, where nearly 50% of the world’s total smoking population resides.
“Currently more than half the world’s population live in countries where vaping is either banned or exists in a regulatory grey area.” said Dr Nveed Chaudhary, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Senior Manager at Imperial Brands, parent company of Fontem Ventures. “We believe the WHO could help by recognizing the science underlying tobacco harm reduction and the potential health benefits to millions of smokers by opening up new options to switch away from combustible tobacco.”
Vaping products do not contain tobacco, and scientific evidence suggests that switching to vaping will substantially reduce exposure to harmful toxicants found in combustible tobacco smoke.
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