THR Expert on How Anti-Vape Media Headlines Are Crafted

Diane Caruana

“Why don’t we see ‘Smoking – at 10’, ‘Drinking – at 10’, ‘Drugs – at 10’ media tales? It’s all about vaping, which is ironic given it’s the least dangerous.”

Referring to a latest frontpage nationwide newspaper story, headlined ‘Vaping – at 10’, Loucas highlights the irony within the title. “Why don’t we see ‘Smoking – at 10’, ‘Drinking – at 10’, ‘Drugs – at 10’ media tales? It’s all about vaping, which is ironic given it’s the least dangerous.”

The AVCA believes that the publication of more and more adverse tales relating to vaping aren’t any accident, and are being timed to coincide with present political occasions. “Just when Cabinet is about to approve the Ministry of Health’s newest vaping laws and finalise Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall’s smokefree motion plan, out come the assaults on vaping.”

There’s no teen vaping epidemic

Moreover, she added, these adverse stories don’t even match present proof from empirical knowledge. And even when they did, final yr’s Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act had already banned all vaping promoting and positioned restrictions to reduce youth entry to the merchandise.

“After inspecting a survey of over 27,000 secondary faculty college students, University of Auckland researchers final yr discovered that solely 0.8% of 14 and 15-year-olds, who had by no means smoked, have been common vapers. Researchers subsequently confirmed there was no youth vaping epidemic in New Zealand,” she says.

TAV reside panel dialogue on media inaccuracies

Similarly, a latest reside panel dialogue of vaping advocates and consultants mentioned a lot of inaccuracies which have been just lately talked about within the media. Hosted by Asia Pacific’s coalition of client Tobacco Harm Reduction organisation – The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA), the Advocates Voice (TAV) panel dialogue included a phase on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) newest Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg) Report and its counterproductive stance on tobacco hurt discount merchandise.

The episode was simulcast on CAPHRA’s Facebook web page at, the place viewers have been inspired to ask questions.

“WHO’s adverse and obstructive strategy in direction of safer nicotine vaping merchandise continues to affect smoking cessation charges, costing lives globally. WHO continues to deal with smoking and nicotine vaping as the identical and ignores all of the science,” stated Executive Coordinator of CAPHRA, Nancy Loucas, forward of the published.

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