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February 09, 2024 by

Why Brazil should drop its vape prohibition proposal

The Brazilian government is proposing a prohibition of vapes and heated tobacco products. This consultation response sets out why this will protect the cigarettes trade, promote smoking, nurture criminal networks and do more harm than good. I just responded to the latest (of many) Brazilian consultations on its plans to prohibit vapes and heated tobacco products, which its regulator wrongly refers to as “Electronic Smoking Devices. ”

January 19, 2024 by

Embracing Harm Reduction – A Classical Liberal Approach to Public Health in Argentina

Javier Milei’s unexpected triumph in Argentina’s presidential run-off marks a paradigm shift in the country’s political landscape. His commitment to classical liberalism, with an emphasis on the fundamental rights of life, liberty, and property, opens up new possibilities for policy reforms that align with individual freedom and economic growth. One area that demands attention is tobacco control, where embracing harm reduction can not only improve public health, and subsequently public finances, but also demonstrate a pragmatic approach consistent with Milei’s vision for a more prosperous Argentina.

January 04, 2024 by


LATAM FIGHT FOR SAFER PRODUCTS | With Ignacio Leiva and Alexandro Lucian

December 14, 2023 by

Argentina Urged to Repeal E-cigarette Ban

The Argentinean vapers’ association, Asovape Argentina, and the World Vapers’ Alliance have sent an open letter Argentina’s recently elected president, Javier Milei, calling for the repeal of the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology Provision 3226/2011 banning the commercialization of e-cigarettes. The provision banned the import, distribution, marketing, advertising and promotion of e-cigarettes. It went into effect May 6, 2011.

December 01, 2023 by

PART 2: WHAT NEXT FOR BRAZIL? | Featuring Alexandro Lucian

In part two of our Brazil special, Alexandro Lucian walks us through the mayhem of black market vaping sales in Brazil amidst calls for reform of the blanket vaping ban currently in place.

November 28, 2023 by

BRAZIL'S THR HEADACHE | Alexandro Lucian discusses the way forward for Brazil's vaping activists

Brazilian tobacco harm reduction (THR) activists face an uphill battle against the combined efforts of vaping bans, well funded anti-THR messaging and nicotine misinformation. In today's episode, we're joined by Alexandro Lucian to find out if there's a way forward for THR in Brazil.

November 14, 2023 by

Vaping In Brazil With Alexandro “Hazard” Lucian

[...] Alberto Gomez Hernandez, takes us on a journey through the vaping scene in Brazil, featuring a thought-provoking conversation with Alexandro “Hazard” Lucian, the driving force behind Vapor Aqui. In this episode, explore the maze of vaping regulations in Brazil, shedding light on how decisions made within its borders might set precedents for the wider Latin American region.

October 12, 2023 by

Panama Ban Challenged

Panama's vape ban has been challenged by the Panamanian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association and accepted by the Panamanian Supreme Court of Justice. The consumer advocacy organisation contends that the prohibition is unconstitutional and regional experts are hoping that the weight of evidence in favour of vaping and tobacco harm reduction will win the day. The Panamanian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ARDTP) says: “Panama's Supreme Court of Justice accepts the unconstitutionality lawsuit against Law 315 of 2022 that banned the use, importation and commercialisation of electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, in Panama.

August 07, 2023 by

Venezuela Bans Vapes on Maduro's Order

The government of Venezuela has banned e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products—including personal use by individuals. The decision came in an Aug. 1 health ministry resolution, which claims the action is based on health concerns. The resolution, published in the country’s official gazette, prohibits the “manufacture, storage, distribution, circulation, commercialization, import, export, use, consumption, advertising, promotion, and sponsorship” of all vaping products—including products that contain no nicotine.

August 07, 2023 by

Gobierno venezolano prohíbe el uso y comercialización de cigarrillos electrónicos

Las autoridades de salud de Venezuela anunciaron el jueves que resolvieron prohibir la utilización, fabricación e importación de cigarrillos electrónicos, sin excepciones. A partir de su publicación en la Gaceta Oficial, fechada el miércoles, “se prohíbe la fabricación, almacenamiento, distribución, circulación, comercialización, importación, exportación, uso, consumo, publicidad, promoción y patrocinio” de los cigarrillos electrónicos, indicó el Ministerio en un comunicado.