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Sommet De La Vape

The third Sommet de la Vape was held last month and videos of the presentations and debates are now online

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The 3rd “Sommet de la Vape” vape summit was held last month in Paris. It is an annual event organised by the French Sovape consumer rights association. Nearly twenty experts, scientists, public health researchers, health professionals, and professionals from the independent vaping sector met to discuss the major issues and challenges to vaping and tobacco harm reduction.

Videos of the presentations and debates from Sommet de la Vape have now been released (either in English or with English subtitles/dubbing).

Dr Lion Shahab, Behavioural Science and Health at University College London, spoke about toxicant and carcinogen exposure associated with long-term e-cigarette use. He began by declaring the only interest he felt was relevant to his presentation – that he is a vaper.

He addressed the articles in the Lancet and British Medical Journal claiming that the ‘95% safer’ statement in the Public Health England report was based on opinion only, and not grounded in science.

He said that the answer doesn’t require a higher degree or to be a professor to know that “combustion is key” to the harms offered by cigarettes. Offering up a factoid, he told the audience that the conversion from animal trials to human experience is in the region of 8%, “not a great number”.

Dr Lion Shahab

Louise Ross is the former director of the Stop Smoking Service in Leicester. She now works as a freelance clinical consultant for the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training and is the vice-chair of the New Nicotine Alliance.

Louise talked about how the Leicester service became “ecig friendly” and how they learnt from listening. People had “given up giving up”, so they bought a supply of starter kits and invited vape shop owners in to give talks. “With electronic cigarettes, success rates were up to 20% higher than those with NRT alone.”

She noted how giving out samples had unintended benefits as partners of the quitters had tried vaping and then wanted a kit of their own. Sadly, this success still isn’t mirrored across the whole of the United Kingdom as some service managers are averse to embracing vaping.

Louise Ross

Further presentations can be viewed using the link below.


  • Sommet de la Vape - [link]
  • Presentation videos – [link]
  • Dr Lion Shahab – [link]
  • Louise Ross – [link]
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