Tory MP Adam Afriyie Promoted Vaping Without Disclosing Wife's Ownership of Vape Retailer
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Tory MP Adam Afriyie Promoted Vaping Without Disclosing Wife's Ownership of Vape Retailer

12 May 2023
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Tory MP Adam Afriyie Promoted Vaping Without Disclosing Wife's Ownership of Vape Retailer

Vaping Controversy

Conservative MP Adam Afriyie has been accused of breaching lobbying rules by pushing for vaping to be prioritized in the UK's anti-smoking campaign without disclosing that his family has a financial interest in a disposable vape company.

Afriyie's Advocacy for Vaping: As a strong advocate for vaping as a means to quit smoking, Afriyie has actively promoted this approach in various settings, including the House of Commons where he has spoken out. He currently serves as the vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Vaping, which has been lobbying the UK government to include vapes in their anti-smoking campaign. Recently, the government announced that they will be taking this step, thanks in part to the efforts of the APPG.

Afriyie, Chair of Elite Growth, a medical cannabis company selling disposable vapes, failed to initially disclose his financial interest in the company. He later declared it after being accused of lobbying Parliament on cannabis-related products. However, his wife's shareholding in the company remains undisclosed.

Elite Growth's Nebulos vaping brand offers both CBD and nicotine-based vapes, with a focus on helping people transition from traditional cigarettes. Their nicotine-based vapes are marketed as the perfect option for those who are looking to make the switch. One of Elite Growth's retail arms, Moodbar, provides customers with a high-strength nicotine option of 20mg, delivering up to 600 puffs. This level of nicotine strength is the strongest currently available in the UK. Elite Growth promotes its candy-flavored and nicotine-based vapes as effective smoking cessation tools.

Afriyie's Expenses at Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum: Afriyie received a £10,338 donation to cover expenses for a 3-day visit to speak at the event. He addressed the audience, including industry leaders such as British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, and Philip Morris International. Afriyie highlighted that the UK is a gateway to the world for smoking cessation products, stating that "Britain is open for business."

Labour calls for a ban on MPs lobbying due to a recent scandal involving Afriyie. He claims to have only had his travel and accommodation expenses covered, not receiving a speaker's fee. However, the issue raises concerns about money in politics and the need for transparency and accountability among lawmakers.

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