VPASA Communication

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  1. Silver

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    Am going to share some of the VPASA communication I receive on their behalf

    For those who don't know, VPASA is the Vapour Products Association of South Africa

    They are a body that represents the vaping vendors in SA. They have been in existence for several years and were exhibitors at a few VapeCon events. Their CEO is Asanda Gcoyi.

    This is the way they describe themselves on their website:
    "Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) represents manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of smoke-free vapour products in South Africa. We have come together to work with government and other stakeholders to develop legal regulations and standards for our industry and to ensure that consumers have access to all available information about vapour products."

    You can check them out here:
    www.vpasa.org.za

    Our very own @Rob Fisher is helping them too

    I think its good to keep an eye on what they're doing. They are trying to do the right things for our industry.

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    August 2021 VPASA Newsletter

    Dear Subscriber

    South Africans continue to face many challenges and the recent spate of unrest is yet another example fraught with the complexities of our country’s ongoing grapple with socio-political and economic tensions. As an organisation built on community, we would like to proffer our support to those affected by the events and implore you to share any information about vaping businesses that may have been affected.

    A challenge we as a community continue to face is that of the misinformation and disinformation surrounding vaping. Just this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new report that recommends governments better regulate vapes and e-cigarettes, which the organisation claims could be a gateway to tobacco consumption.

    With the Conference of the Parties (COP9) around the corner, we are disappointed that the WHO is once again ignoring the science that points to the benefits of vaping as a tool for harm reduction. Instead, we are fully aligned with the rhetoric of the United Kingdom Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) that asserts the report is regressive and does not take into account the benefits of harm reduction that the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) initially proposed, as an approach to lessening the health burden of combustible tobacco.

    In keeping with our promise to follow the science and collaborate with our members, the South African vaping industry will soon have an updated and honest reflection of its market contribution to South Africa’s economy. Following the separate consultation process in May with the Department of Health on the socio-economic impact assessment (SEIA) study on tobacco and related products, VPASA undertook its own economic impact assessment study, which will be released to the public soon.

    We have furthermore reconnected with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to implement vaping standards for our industry. Thus far, we have submitted names to form part of the sub-committee on standards; the process has included a consideration of all industry players to ensure the industry receives fair and impartial representation, and we hope it will be finalised by the end of the year. This is yet another step that we are taking to ensure that our industry operates to the highest standards.

    As always, we encourage you to continue to engage with us on all these topics – whether via questions or suggestions.

    Sincerely,

    Asanda Gcoyi, CEO
     
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    rhetoric ?

    "Rhetoric is speaking or writing that's intended to persuade. ... When people listened eagerly to long speeches and studied them in school, rhetoric was generally used positively; now it is often a negative term, implying artfulness over real content."
     
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    agreed @Puff the Magic Dragon , I think a better word to use would have been ‘view’
     
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    September 2021 VPASA Newsletter

    Dear Subscriber

    You will recall that last month, I mentioned VPASA was in the process of compiling data from our own economic impact assessment study and I am pleased to let you know that the report has now been completed.

    The Economic Impact of the Vaping Industry in South Africa report is an updated and honest reflection of our sector’s market contribution to the South African economy. The report, along with supporting visuals, will be launched to the media and to our community this month. We think you will find the results to be quite eye-opening, and we do hope you are able to share these findings with your own networks across social media as soon as they go live.

    Additionally, VPASA is working with a consultant to expedite the process of adopting vaping standards for our industry, benchmarked with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). Our preferred approach has always been to amend the standards in line with our local requirements, however, we have subsequently been informed that an imported standard cannot be amended prior to adoption. The good news is that the standard does not become operational until all amendments have been made and will mean the adoption of the standard will not affect local trading conditions until all amendments have been accepted.

    In early September, we will be attending the first stakeholder meeting by SABS, along with other relevant stakeholders. The feedback from this engagement will provide clarity on what we should anticipate and work towards, and we will ensure we keep you informed of all developments relating to the vaping standards.

    Also taking place in September is a webinar presentation titled Disruptive Innovation: The New Face of Free Market Revolution, which will take place on Thursday, 9 September. We would like to urge you to attend this event, which will cover international best practices in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. The session promises to be enlightening and we are looking forward to further exploring how we can include some of those countries’ best practices in South Africa’s regulatory framework.

    Please continue to engage with us on all these topics and more – whether via questions or suggestions.

    Sincerely,

    Asanda Gcoyi, CEO
     
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    October 2021 VPASA Newsletter

    Dear Subscriber

    Last month, we launched an updated and honest reflection of our sector’s market contribution to the South African economy. The Economic Impact of the Vaping Industry in South Africa report highlights important data that supports our ongoing efforts to include international best practices in South Africa’s regulatory framework. Among these are the fact that the industry generated 3,800 jobs, paid R280 million in taxes and had a R390-million gross value-added contribution to the economy in 2019 alone – and that was just its direct impact. A broad overview of the sector shows its support of an additional 4,200 jobs, and a 40% and 31% spend with two adjacent industries – financial and business services and manufacturing.

    These numbers are nothing to scoff at.

    Despite this, and the myriad studies and research pointing to vaping being 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco products, the South African government and media are hesitant to consider anything less than the status quo. This should not discourage us.

    Instead, we must broaden our call for evidence-backed, scientific news to be published; news that will assist vapers and current and former smokers to receive important information related to reducing the harmful effects of tobacco and providing them with alternative options that are less harmful. To this end, VPASA continues to strive towards expediting the process of adopting vaping standards for our industry, benchmarked with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).

    The Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum (GTNF) which took place last week had speakers echo the above sentiment quite succinctly. A member of the House of Lords and the parliamentary science and technical committee, Lord Matt Ridley mentioned that life was replete with examples of activities less harmful than the alternative, yet politicians banned and overregulated harm-reducing nicotine replacement products. You can read the piece for more takeaways from the GTNF covered by Chris Bateman for Medical Brief South Africa via the link under vaping news.

    Please continue to engage with us on all these topics and more – whether via questions or suggestions.

    Sincerely,

    Asanda Gcoyi, CEO
     
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