Alternative reading list for #COP10 delegates 

The official FCTC COP10 documents are listed on the Tenth Session of the Conference of the Parties website.  COPWATCHERS will notice that tobacco harm reduction is absent from those official documents, with no consideration given to the opportunities offered by safer nicotine products.   Here we have compiled a list of articles to round off the COP10 delegates’ education.  Tweet to @FCTCcopwatch if you think we have missed anything out.  

15 past presidents of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Balancing Consideration of the Risks and Benefits of E-Cigarettes

Action on Smoking and Health
Addressing common myths about vaping: Putting the evidence in context

Robert Beaglehole, Ruth Bonita 
Harnessing tobacco harm reduction  (The Lancet)

Clive Bates
FCTC COP-10 – a survival guide for delegates

(COP-10)Commentary on the Annotated Agenda (COP-10)

Evidence briefs for tobacco harm reduction

Eyes on the Ball

Fake news alert: WHO updates its post-truth fact sheet on e-cigarettes

One hundred specialists call for WHO to change its hostile stance on tobacco harm reduction – new letter to FCTC delegates published

Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Germany)
Health risk assessment of nicotine pouches

Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA)
Shadow Report on the (NON)-Implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 1 (d) on Harm Reduction Strategies

Grant Churchill
A Captivating Compound

Cochrane
Latest Cochrane Review finds high certainty evidence that nicotine e-cigarettes are more effective than traditional nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) in helping people quit smoking

Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation: Cochrane Living Systematic Review

Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction
The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the Conference of the Parties (COP): an explainer

The FCTC COP10 Agenda and supporting documents: implications for the future of tobacco harm reduction (available in 13 languages)

Office for Health Improvements and Disparities (formerly Public Health England)
Nicotine vaping in England: 2022 evidence update main findings

Nicotine vaping in England: 2022 evidence update summary

Queen Mary University of London
Population study finds no sign that e-cigarettes are a gateway into smoking

Lars Ramström
[Commentary] The WHO strategies to reduce tobacco-related deaths are insufficient

Harry Shapiro
Harry’s Blog 119: Who cares about tobacco control?

Tobacco Harm Reduction net
COP10 scorecard – Measuring progress in achieving the objectives of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)

Link library

A curated list of articles which focus on FCTC COP.

#COP9 #THRworks

1. The Counterfactual, Clive Bates: Letters sent by experts to WHO and articles about WHO and tobacco harm reduction, from 2014 to now. A must read for anyone wanting a clear headed look at the issues.

https://clivebates.com/category/who/

“WHO should be building public trust, not giving its critics further justification”

2. A 2021 report by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vaping Inquiry (COP9)

Inquiry into the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of the Parties
https://copinquiry.co.uk/report-and-press-release

Against a backdrop of the WHO suggesting that vaping should be banned, the Parliamentarians sought to assess how our progressive and successful approach to tobacco harm reduction and reduced risk products at home, fits in with the WHO’s prohibitionist stance at a time when the UK is one of the WHO’s largest state donors

3. October 2021 Briefing paper from the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Conference of the Parties (COP): an explainer

“FCA accreditation is only open to those with no connections to the tobacco industry, however tangential or historical. Also excluded are advocacy NGOs representing people directly affected by tobacco control regimes. This includes smokers and users of safer nicotine products. The involvement of the tobacco industry in the production of some but by no means all safer nicotine products means that advocacy organisations in favour of tobacco harm reduction, including numerous vaping or snus consumer advocacy organisations, are excluded de facto.”

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One hundred specialists call for #WHO to change stance on tobacco harm reduction

#COP9 #THRWorks

With thanks to Clive Bates for granting permission to reproduce this article and letter. Access the original article: https://clivebates.com/one-hundred-specialists-call-for-who-to-change-stance-on-tobacco-harm-reduction/

Just want the letter? PDF version: EnglishFrançaisEspañol 

100 specialists in nicotine science, policy and practice have come together to call on the 182 parties (countries) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to take a more positive stance on tobacco harm reduction. The letter pushes back against WHO’s misguided and unscientific drive for prohibition or excessive regulation and taxation of vaping products, heated and smokeless tobacco products, and novel oral nicotine products, such as pouches.

From 8-13 November 2021, the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (COP-9) will be held online. The meeting details are here.

The letter makes seven main points relevant to FCTC parties and then six recommendations. The letter text must speak for itself.

Several signatories have made statements on the letter, or on WHO’s approach to tobacco harm reduction and innovation. These are set out here.

The letter text, references and signature list are included below in English:

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