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Big Issues To Dominate Conference

Big vaping issues of the moment are set to dominate the UK’s largest B2B vaping conference - the Vaping Industry Forum and Exhibition at the QEII Centre in Westminster

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Big vaping issues of the moment are set to dominate the UK’s largest B2B vaping conference. Tackling rogue vape traders, preventing underage access to e-cigarettes and creating a sustainable vaping industry will be amongst the hot topics of debate at the Vaping Industry Forum and Exhibition at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London on Friday 9 September.

Organised by the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), the event follows the Government commissioned independent Review into tobacco control policies – the Khan Review – which has recommended that vaping plays a front and centre role in meeting England’s smokefree target by 2030.

The conference entitled: Vaping for a Better Future will also look at how the sector can maximise its public health, economic and social impact.

The industry’s first ever economic impact report, conducted by the Centre for Economics & Business Research (CEBR), will be unveiled at the event.

Speakers and panellists to date confirmed include:

  • Mark Pawsey, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vaping
  • Adam Afriyie MP for Windsor, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vaping
  • Dr Colin Mendelsohn, Tobacco Treatment Expert & Author
  • John Dunne, Director General, UKVIA
  • Damian Stevens, Business Development Manager, 1account
  • Mike Sawyer, Head of Product Enforcement, Office for Product Safety & Standards
  • David Hunt, Senior Trading Standards Officer, Hackney Council
  • James Lowman, Chief Executive, Association of Convenience Stores
  • Doug Mutter, Manufacturing & Compliance Director, VPZ
  • Dan Marchant. Founder and Joint Owner, Vape Club
  • Dr Pippa Bailey, Head of Climate Change & Sustainability Practice, IPSOS Mori

The event, expected to attract some 300 delegates including vaping executives, parliamentarians, healthcare practitioners, smoking cessation experts and academics, will also feature a major exhibition alongside the conference for vape brands and industry ancillary providers to showcase their devices, e-liquids, services and product solutions.

John Dunne, Director-General of the UKVIA, said: “This year’s Vaping Industry Forum is set to be the biggest yet. The conference and exhibition come at a hugely exciting time for the vaping industry following the extremely positive Khan Review which has presented vaping as having a pivotal role in making smoking obsolete. It also comes ahead of the highly anticipated publication of the new Tobacco Control Plan.

“Whilst vaping presents a huge public health, economic and social opportunity for the nation there are a number of challenges that the industry has to face up to. The Khan Review is placing its trust in the vaping industry to play a critical role in its harm reduction strategy and we’ve got to show that we are a highly responsible industry that can live up to the government’s high expectations.”


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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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