It’s actually a safer product than tobacco cigarettes… When one vapes… it’s an aerosol… it’s less harmful than the burning of tar…— Zodwa Velleman, Vapour Product Association of South Africa
We have studies that show that 0.1% of people who partake in vaping are new users… We haven’t seen that vaping is a gateway to smoking.— Zodwa Velleman, Vapour Product Association of South Africa
The Tobacco Bill threatens to wipe out vaping in South Africa and deprive millions of a safer alternative to smoking.
So says Zodwa Velleman, CEO at the Vapour Product Association of South Africa (VPA).
The Bill groups vaping with traditional cigarettes despite independent international research showing, according to VPA, that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful.
The VPA says the market for e-cigarettes is worth more than R1 billion and supports 4000 fulltime jobs.
Velleman says that lumping e-cigarettes and cigarettes together when regulating is “unscientific and potentially devastating.”
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).
You get various strengths… so people calibrate themselves…— Zodwa Velleman, Vapour Product Association of South Africa
We’ve got manufacturers and retailers [funding the VPA]… Twisp is one of the members…— Zodwa Velleman, Vapour Product Association of South Africa
This is the one opportunity we have to reduce the number of smokers…— Zodwa Velleman, Vapour Product Association of South Africa
The industry is not saying we don’t want regulation… We want to deal with adults 18 and above…— Zodwa Velleman, Vapour Product Association of South Africa
Nicotine… it’s not just the substance that causes harm… the tar you get when you light up a cigarette…— Zodwa Velleman, Vapour Product Association of South Africa
The UK has embraced vaping based on the studies conducted there.— Zodwa Velleman, Vapour Product Association of South Africa
We don’t have as many challenges as the tobacco industry…— Zodwa Velleman, Vapour Product Association of South Africa
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