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Front groups promoting harm reduction products

A number of pro-ENDS/HTPs front groups work at country and regional levels to promote ENDS/HTPs and misinform the public that it is harm reduction products. Pro-ENDS/HTPs front groups are listed below;

Regional level

  • Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA). The coalition’s members include consumer organizations from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines and Thailand)
  • Factasia is a Hong Kong-based independent consumer advocacy group working across the Asia-Pacific region.
  • R Street Institute was established by Eli Lehrer, a former employee of the Heartland Institute, an organization which had previously accepted donations from Altria

Country level




ECST or End Cigarette Smoking in Thailand, is an e-cig consumer coalition formed by 12 e-cig influencers in Thailand in 2016. It is a pro-ENDS/HTPs group working actively to promote the products and ask the Thai government to reconsider on the banning of ENDS/HTPs.