World Vapers’ Alliance was part of the celebrations last year, on 30 May, and we saw an incredible outpour of support from people all over the world. This year, the organisation is “back at it”, bringing together vaping activists, influencers, and experts to talk about vaping, have some fun with vape tricks, discuss pressing issues and talk about everything vaping.
“We’ll be looking back at a very special year - that has changed the lives of many, but which has left us all more resilient and ready to continue to fight for our rights.”
WVA’s Streaming Schedule on 30th May:
4:00pm: start of the stream with a Vape Trick Show
Vapers will showcase their best tricks and show what amazing things can be done .
4:15: Opening remarks
Michael Landl, Director of the WVA & Liza Katsiashvili, Community Manager of the WVA will welcome all viewers, give an overview of the programme, thank the media partners and will look back on an exciting year for vapers and the WVA.
Main talking points:
- Michael & Lizas personal vape stories
- Back Vaping. Beat Cancer Campaign
- WVA’s campaign in the Netherlands against the flavour ban
- WVA’s first class of its own Academy for members
5:00pm: Time for Optimism: How Vaping Is Changing the World
Liza Katsiashviliwill talk to several leaders of WVA partner organisations about the situation in their countries and their success stories over the last year & why they are so passionately fighting for vaping.
- Joseph Magero (Campaign for a Safe Alternative )
- Kurt Yeo (Vaping Saved My Life)
- Francisco Ordonez (Asovape Colombia)
- Ignacio Leiva Benitez (Asovape Chile)
- Jeff Zamora (Asovape Costa Rica)
- Cristiana Batista (APORVAP - Associação Portuguesa de Vaporizadores)
- Danny Wang (Vape Taiwan), tbc
- Maria Papaioannoy (Rights4Vapers), tbc
6:00pm Why Is it Worth Going the Extra Mile for Vaping
Michael Landl in discussion with experts in tobacco harm reduction about the potential of vaping and why it is worth it to keep up the fight against the general anti-vaping sentiment in politics, media and the general public.
- Michelle Minton
Senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
- Prof. Bernd Mayer
Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Graz in Austria
Consumer THR Advocate. Profesional Tobacco Control Critic.
- Yael Ossowski
Deputy Director at the Consumer Choice Center
- Christopher Snowdon
Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)
7:00pm The Great Alexandro “Hazard” Lucian Show
A Year in review - the good, the bad and the ugly. Alexandro Lucian, a famous vaping influencer in Brazil, will host a panel discussion together with Michael Landl with tobacco harm experts. They will talk about the milestones for vaping in the past year and what we can learn for the future from them.
- Ethan Nadelmann
Founder and former executive director (2000-17) of the Drug Policy Alliance
- Clive Bates
Director of Counterfactual, a consulting and advocacy practice focussed on a pragmatic approach to sustainability and public health.
- Michael Landl
Director of the World Vapers’ Alliance
Michael Landl: “The science is clear and the experience of millions of vapers shows: vaping is less harmful than smoking and one of the best smoking cessation aids. Therefore, consumers around the world need to raise their voices and show what benefits vaping brought to their lives. The war on vaping needs to end and World Vape Day is a day when vapers can hold their heads high and say vaping has changed their lives. I have been able to run those extra miles because I made the switch to vaping.”
- Facebook event on 30 May, 2021 - https://www.facebook.com/events/579186422998448/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D
- World Vaper’s Alliance - https://worldvapersalliance.com/wvd