La industria de E-Cig de SA exige la disociación del sector del tabaco

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On the 27th of March, South African authorities banned the sales of cigarettes as part of the current COVID-19 lockdown. Subsequently as restrictions were starting to be eased, in April it was announced that cigarette sales would be allowed to resume as of May 1st, however this decision was reconsidered at a later date.

Another concern is vapers going back to smoking or purchasing vape products on the black market.

Las prohibiciones sobre productos de tabaco y ventas de alcohol anunciadas en marzo, lamentablemente incluyó alternativas más seguras como cigarrillos electrónicos y snus. Naturalmente, esto había enfurecido a muchos. Asociación de Productos de Vapor de Sudáfrica (VPASA) chief executive Asanda Gcoyi reiterated that treating cigarettes and safer alternatives in the same manner poses a significant problem.

“Vapear no es fumar, Esas son dos cosas diferentes. Tanto el vapeo como los cigarrillos contienen nicotina, pero la nicotina no es lo que mata a la gente al fumar, la gente muere a causa del alquitrán,” ella dijo.

“There are world associations that are pushing for tobacco harm reduction,” she said referring to entities such as Public Health England, “.. and South Africa is one of those countries, so it baffles us that we know what we know, yet we’re choosing to pretend that we don’t know the science and that vaping is less harmful,” ella añadió.

Vaping products should be allowed online and by delivery

The VPASA is urging the government to allow vapour products to be purchased online and by delivery during lockdown level 3. She added that besides health reasons, the economic impact needs to be considered aswell. “We’ve got about 5000 direct jobs that are at risk and we’ve about 400-500 small businesses across South Africa, and a lot are on the brink of bankruptcy because they can’t sell,” ella dijo.

In line with arguments by international health experts, Gcoyi agregó que otra preocupación es que los vapeadores vuelvan a fumar o comprar productos de vape en el mercado negro.. “Mi otra preocupación es el mercado ilícito. La gente compra jugo de vape en tiendas de las que no sabemos nada, escuchamos que está disponible en las tiendas spaza, historias de personas que mezclan jugos en casa, que es extremadamente peligroso, porque solo están mezclando cosas y el entorno no es el adecuado.”

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Fuente: VapingPost