Recently, according to the German-language media website nachrichten-heut, Jan Mücke, general manager of the German Tobacco Industry and New Products Association (BVTE), responded to the WHO’s statement criticizing e-cigarettes. He said that the World Health Organization (WHO)'s accusation that e-cigarettes are not a suitable alternative to reduce tobacco consumption ignores a large amount of scientific evidence and exacerbates existing uncertainty among consumers.
“WHO adheres to wrong health policy dogma and ignores the growing body of independent scientific evidence on e-cigarettes,” explained Jan Mücke, managing director of the German Tobacco Industry and New Products Association (BVTE) in Berlin. .
"In fact, you ingest far fewer harmful substances when vaping than when smoking."
He said the WHO denies that e-cigarettes are a suitable alternative to tobacco product consumption, emphasizes the health risks of vaping products, and accuses manufacturers of spreading misinformation about the benefits of e-cigarettes.
In Germany, switching to e-cigarettes is the most common form of smoking cessation support and is more effective than other methods such as medical nicotine replacement products. Institutions such as the German Cancer Research Center (dkfz) and the British health authorities have confirmed that switching to e-cigarettes can significantly reduce harmful substances for consumers. References to the harm reduction potential of e-cigarettes summarizes the growing scientific consensus and is not misinformation from the tobacco industry.
In fact, the WHO’s alarmist misinformation about e-cigarettes is negligently contributing to the fact that the health risks of using e-cigarettes compared to smoking in Germany continue to be significantly overestimated.
"We need WHO to develop fact-based, science-based information policies that recognize and support e-cigarettes as an opportunity to minimize risks for adult smokers," Mook said.
At the same time, there is no indication that e-cigarettes are a gateway product to smoking. However, a decision must be made to ban the consumption of nicotine-containing products by minors. The Federation of the German Tobacco Industry and New Products (BVTE) demands that existing sales bans on minors be strictly enforced and violators severely punished.