The All Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Vaping held an inquiry on Tuesday to gather evidence ahead of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) tobacco control summit.
The Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) Conference of Parties (COP9) welcomes delegates from all member states to discuss and implement tobacco policies, including e-cigarettes.
The information collected by the APPG will be used to inform the UK delegation attending the event.
APPG parliamentarians at the meeting included Mark Pawsey, Mary Glindon, Gareth Johnson, Adam Afriyie and Viscount Matt Ridley.
The inquiry heard testimonials from the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), WeVape and Lynne Dawkins, professor of Nicotine and Tobacco Studies at London South Bank University (LSBU).
UKVIA director general, John Dunne, told Parliamentarians: “The UK has a huge duty of care to take a positive stance and challenge interpretations… Britain’s newly independent status really gives us an opportunity to lead this on the world stage.”
The APPG is keen to defend the UK’s position on vaping on the international stage, the UKVIA said.
Expert witnesses at the evidence session highlighted the huge role vaping has played in reducing tobacco harm in the UK.
“We can be rightly proud of the UK’s record on harm reduction, but we must not be complacent. Regressive, prohibition-style strategies are alive and well internationally, and we must not let them undo all that has been achieved here.
“A robust, evidence-based approach from the UK can defend the gains we have made domestically, empower positive change internationally and confirm Britain’s role as a world leader in harm reduction.”
The WHO remains highly sceptical of the harm reduction benefits of e-cigarettes.
The international health body came under fire from public health experts last year after it linked the 2019 EVALI outbreak to nicotine e-cigarettes.
The CDC’s investigation found that vitamin E acetate in black market THC oils was largely to blame for the lung illnesses.