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  • Advocates point out retractions to delegates ahead of COP10

    Advocates point out retractions to delegates ahead of COP10

    ‘Whilst we have absolutely no issues with restrictions around primary and secondary schools and Kura, we do have issue with adult community locations, such as universities, and other tertiary facilities,’ says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates). Her comments form part of CAPHRA’s…

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  • Taiwan vaping ban disappointing for its many smokers

    Taiwan vaping ban disappointing for its many smokers

    “Raising the legal age for buying cigarettes to 20 is a good move, but effectively banning e-cigarettes is disappointing from Taiwan,” says Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) executive co-ordinator, Nancy Loucas. “We’re all for getting tougher on cigarettes but only if smokers and those desperate to quit have a…

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  • Disservice to smokers to restrict specialist vape shops

    Disservice to smokers to restrict specialist vape shops

    ‘Whilst we have absolutely no issues with restrictions around primary and secondary schools and Kura, we do have issue with adult community locations, such as universities, and other tertiary facilities,’ says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates). Her comments form part of CAPHRA’s…

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  • NZ proposals must not hit smokers desperate to quit

    NZ proposals must not hit smokers desperate to quit

    “Kiwis need to have their say on the Government’s proposed measures aimed at youth vaping, with submissions closing on 15 March,” says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates). Her comments follow Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall launching a consultation document titled ‘Proposals for the…

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  • Milk tea cup disposable vape goes popular in China

    Milk tea cup disposable vape goes popular in China

    After taking a puff of the tobacco-flavored vape, Wang threw the pod into the drawer. For him, losing the fruity flavor loses the meaning of vaping. For more than half a year, Wang became more and more anxious seeing that the stockpiled fruit flavored pods were about to be exhausted.…

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  • NZ Minister standing firm on vaping distraction - AVCA

    NZ Minister standing firm on vaping distraction – AVCA

    Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall has done well not to get side-tracked by constant and unrelated attacks on vaping by MPs debating the smokefree amendment bill in Parliament, says Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) advocates. “Some MPs seem determined to rewrite 2020’s well supported vaping legislation. However, the problems around youth…

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  • Foundation’s criticism of MOH on vaping very tiring

    Foundation’s criticism of MOH on vaping very tiring

    “The latest outburst from New Zealand’s Asthma and Respiratory Foundation (ARFNZ) directed at the Ministry of Health is disappointing, but sadly not surprising,” says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates). Her comments follow ARFNZ’s claim that the Ministry of Health is not…

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  • Vaping won’t work if nicotine is attacked - AVCA

    Vaping won’t work if nicotine is attacked – AVCA

    Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 is in jeopardy if New Zealand’s Vaping Regulatory Authority (VRA) stands by its new interpretation of its own product standards which would dramatically reduce the maximum ‘nicotine salt’ limit, say smokefree advocates. “If the VRA continues down this path it not only endangers the country’s smokefree ambition,…

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  • Hong Kong may lift e-cigarette re-export restrictions by the end of 2022

    Hong Kong may lift e-cigarette re-export restrictions by the end of 2022

    China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region may lift its ban on re-exports of e-cigarettes and other heated tobacco products by land and sea by the end of 2022 to boost growth. But an economist warned on Monday that if Hong Kong backs down on its commitment to curb tobacco use…

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  • THR approach sees NZ’s smoking rate plummet

    THR approach sees NZ’s smoking rate plummet

    New Zealand’s Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) strategy is working exceptionally well with the country increasingly on target to achieve Smokefree Aotearoa 2025,” says Nancy Loucas, co-founder of Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA). Her comments follow the Government releasing statistics which show New Zealand’s smoking rate has fallen to an historic low of…

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