An international panel will explore a global web of
anti-vape lies and how it influences the public’s
perspective on vaping and safer nicotine
‘the battle between innovation and bully tactics’, the
seventh episode of The Advocates Voice, or TAV, will
premiere at 6.00pm Hong Kong Time – or 10.00pm New Zealand
Time – on Sunday, 11 July.
Led by Greece-based public
health expert, Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos, the panel
discussion will be simulcast on CAPHRA’s Facebook page at
Live questions from viewers to the panel are
Hosted by Asia Pacific’s CAPHRA
(Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction
Advocates), its Executive Coordinator, Nancy Loucas, says
TAV 7 will make fascinating and timely viewing.
gaining a strong following among Tobacco Harm Reduction
supporters and the wider public. It follows mounting
evidence, identifying well-known figures and entities at the
centre of false accusations levelled at safer THR products.
Inexcusable attacks on THR consumer advocates are also
“Billionaire philanthropists are using
their money to influence the World Health Organisation (WHO)
– and in turn governments who rely on their guidance
regarding tobacco policies. It’s a sophisticated global
web of lies and Dr Farsalinos and the TAV panel will expose
the truth,” says Ms Loucas.
“Ignoring the science,
WHO treats smoking and nicotine vaping the same. This
disastrous approach towards safer nicotine vaping products
continues to negatively impact smoking cessation rates,
costing millions of lives globally,” says Nancy
She says TAV 7 will also explore the role of
billionaire philanthropist influence on the mainstream media
and scientific journals.
“The same people funding
academic institutions for their ‘research’ then assist
in this research being broadcast via the mainstream media.
It’s all about controlling public perception and promoting
lies about anti-tobacco harm reduction,” says Ms
She says some academics and scientists are
effectively being bought and sold by billionaires and their
“The strategy to corrupt the public and
academic narrative through funding research and influencing
the media is out of control. As well as presenting their
lies as science, university researchers and scientists’
defamatory attacks on THR consumer advocates need to stop.
They must be held to account,” she says.
TAV 7 will
discuss the best ways for consumer advocates to respond to
“To think that vaping – the
world’s most effective smoking cessation tool – is being
demonised in such a systematic, global way needs to be fully
exposed. TAV 7 will do just that,” says Nancy
The panel will include leading Asia Pacific
THR consumer advocates: Asa Saligupta (Director of ECST –
ENDs Cigarette Smoke Thailand, Mirza Abeer (Director of ASAP
Pakistan – Association for Smoking Alternatives in
Pakistan), and media expert Jena Fetalino (Director of JFPR
To view the TAV 7 promotional video,
groups in the Asia Pacific region have also launched a
petition at change.org/v4v-petition
that urges the World Health Organisation (WHO) to respect
consumer rights and to stop demonizing Tobacco Harm
Reduction options ahead of the next biennial meeting of the
WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in
For a free digital media repository on
tobacco harm reduction in Asia Pacific – including media
releases, images and graphics – please visit https://apthrmedia.org
The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm
Advocates (CAPHRA) is a regional alliance of consumer
tobacco harm reduction advocacy organizations. Its mission
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.