Over 70 experts call on WHO to embrace technology innovation in the fight against diseases caused by smoking

Dear WHO FCTC, do not block the exits for people trying to quit smoking using vaping, smokeless, heated tobacco or novel products. Remember, the enemies of innovation can do more harm than good.

Every two years, the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control meet to discuss how to advance the treaty. […]

Letter to WHO's DG against prohibition and for risk-proportionate regulation

Mike Bloomberg and the WHO DG launching the Bloomberg-funded report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017. An unsurfaced conflict of interest?

We’ve sent a letter to WHO and the FCTC secretariat in advance of FCTC COP-8 (1-6 October, Geneva) – protesting about WHO’s inclination towards prohibition and excessive regulation of alternative nicotine delivery systems […]

WHO's anti-vaping scientific castle of cards toppled (updated)

Toppled!

Updated 9 November with UKCTAS report translations

The UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS) has produced a devastating critique of the WHO paper on ‘Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems’ (e-cigarettes or vaping products to everyone else). The paper by WHO is for the 7th Conference of the Parties to WHO’s tobacco control […]

WHO tobacco meeting - could the FCTC do something useful on vaping?

I’m sometimes accused of being a WHO-sceptic, or worse. No more! In the run up to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control COP-7 meeting in Delhi, 7-12 November, I have been challenged to say something positive about how the FCTC could do useful and constructive things on vaping and tobacco harm reduction from a […]

First build your echo chamber - how WHO excludes dissent and diversity

Most international treaties welcome observers and diversity of opinion. Not the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which has its next major Conference of the Parties on 7-12 November 2016, in Delhi. The WHO carefully choose who it allows to observe its secretive proceedings, ensuring only organisations that agree with it are admitted as […]