Vaping, Tobacco and the WHO (December 2023)

"I note your concerns about the World Health Organisation's proposals for the Conference of the Parties Tenth Meeting (COP10)

 

The Government has regularly set out its position on vaping at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. As you may be aware, the COP10 Conference has been postponed to 2024 due to the current security situation in Panama.

 

When the Conference does take place, the delegation will not agree to any decisions which would impact on the UK's ability to make regulated vapes available for adult smokers who wish to quit smoking.  The latest ‘Vaping in England’ report published last year, which includes an array of evidence produced by the United Kingdom academic community, is publicly available online and has been shared with the World Health Organization Global Tobacco Regulators Forum.

 

As with previous events at the Conference of the Parties, the Government will use the opportunity in 2024 to speak about the UK’s progress on the implementation of tobacco control policies. This will include the role of nicotine replacement therapy and vapes in supporting people to quit all forms of tobacco.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sally-Ann Hart MP."