In the U.K, vaping is a helpful tool which people use all the time to not have to smoke normal cigarettes. It is well-supported, with even the NHS giving e-cigs their own personal recommendation. That’s probably why we’re blessed with such a vast vape culture here – of course, the support of all of you helps too!
But when it comes to the rest of the world, impressions surrounding vaping are a little bit mixed, to say the least. A lot of vaping support groups are calling on the U.K to go toe-to-toe with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the matter of vaping, which could significantly change our global reputation.
The World Health Organisation – What You Need to Know
If you’re trying to work out where you’ve heard the term “World Health Organisation” before, it’s probably because they’ve come up a lot in recent times. Think of the group as being the health advisors to the whole world – they’ve been coordinating and monitoring global responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, of course, that’s something we’re all immeasurably grateful for. Their actions have probably helped to save countless lives, but their stance on vaping leaves a lot to be desired. They’re not the biggest fans of vaping as a whole, going as far to applaud bans and attempts to exterminate the devices from public use.
The U.K – Our Defending Champion
Of course, the other side of this is that the U.K is one of the biggest advocates for vaping out there. We have massive support from the NHS, a globally recognised health service. They have long been advertising vaping as being the tool for smokers who want to quit the harmful stuff, and it’s worked to reasonable success over here.
There have been calls from support groups for the British Government to therefore stand up and challenge the WHO’s stance on vapes. Their argument points to the idea that vaping is “95%” safer for people than smoking (according to the NHS), and the functional premise that vaping is good for reducing overall harm – a big tenet of the WHO and their partners.
The current proposal is that if the U.K can’t convince the WHO to reconsider their stance, they should reduce funding for it. Now, obviously, we’re not recommending a measure like that at all, but it would be nice to see a reassessment of what vaping can do now that it has developed past those cheap pens you get in petrol stations.
In conclusion, the decisions made by the WHO have pretty significant influence over a lot of medical and health-based decisions, so it would be nice to see a change. However, we would encourage anyone, regardless of their affiliation with a medical organisation, to carefully examine all the benefits of vaping to see what we mean. Infinite Vapour is, of course, more than happy to help provide tools for quitting smoking to anyone who needs them.