In the Netherlands, vaping and other alternatives to smoking see red! Indeed, currently the anti-tobacco groups and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer urge the next Dutch government to expand smoking bans and restrict alternatives to tobacco such as e-cigarettes.
It's a real showdown that is currently being played out in the Netherlands with Big Pharma and the huge group in the front line. Pfizer which currently sells its vaccine worldwide. Proof that the pharmaceutical industry wants to get its hands on the vaping industry? Well here it is! Indeed, currently anti-tobacco groups and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer are urging the next Dutch government to expand smoking bans and restrict alternatives to tobacco such as e-cigarettes.
The outgoing Dutch government has raised cigarette prices and limited outlets as a step towards a smoke-free generation by 2040, and the number of smokers has increased from 25% to 20% in the past five years. However, even though there are fewer smokers, the total amount of tobacco consumed has remained stable. "The remaining smokers smoke more», Declared the activist Kanter's Wanda at Financieele Dagblad.
In response to these pressures and this worrying situation, the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) warned that cracking down on alternatives to smoking would be counterproductive.
«To further reduce smoking rates in the Netherlands, lawmakers should adopt alternative tobacco products, such as vaping, without introducing more regulations. strict which will only serve to facilitate the consumption of tobacco"The group wrote in a press release. "Adopting an evidence-based approach, such as that which has been successful in the UK, will help to consolidate the concept of harm reduction from tobacco.»
«I am concerned about these reports, especially in light of the World Health Organization's COP9 global summit taking place in the Netherlands in November 2021», Said the General Manager of UKVIA, John Dunne.
«Smoking-related diseases still kill thousands of people every year in the UK and the Netherlands. It is imperative that both governments do all they can to reduce this number of tobacco-related deaths. They should trust the science and the overwhelming evidence and embrace vaping products and e-cigarettes. They are the most popular and effective nicotine replacement products on the market. »