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UKVIA Forum and Awards Dinner

UKVIA has announced that The Vaping Industry Forum and Awards Dinner is back and is detailing ticket and sponsorship opportunities

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The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) has announced that ‘The Vaping Industry Forum and Awards Dinner’ is back. The trade body has detailed the ticket and sponsorship opportunities. This year the theme is ‘Accelerating Action to Secure a World Without Smoking’, “building on the strong foundations that the sector has established in the UK over the last two decades”.

UKVIA says the Forum and Dinner constitute the largest industry event of its type in the UK and believes it offers an ideal opportunity for attendees to make new connections, promote products and services, have their voices heard, and celebrate the industry’s successes.

John Dunne, Director General of UKVIA, says that last year’s event saw over 500 delegates and guests from across the industry, “as well as MPs, government advisors, public health professionals, civil servants, industry and consumer groups and enforcement agencies” attend the Forum and Dinner.

John says: “2023 marks 20 years of development in vaping during which time the category has contributed significantly to bringing smoking prevalence down to record levels. This year the UKVIA Forum’s theme is ‘Accelerating Action to Secure a World Without Smoking’ building on the strong foundations that the sector has established in the UK over the last two decades.

“In doing so it will focus on action that is taking place, or needs to happen urgently, to ensure that the vaping industry is well placed to fully support and meet the government’s smoke-free 2030 target.”

Themes to be covered during the Forum’s session include:

  1. Taking Harm Reduction to a New Level
  2. Out with Illegal Vape Sales – Industry Action Against Youth Vaping and the Rise in Illicit Products
  3. Acting on the Greenprint for Sustainable Vaping
  4. An examination of vaping in the NHS
  5. Changing public perceptions towards vaping
  6. Getting ready for the General Election in 2024

John Dunne gives an indication of the conversations to come when he adds: “Concerted action needs to follow to effectively police underage and illicit vape sales. Recent research shows that there is staggering low level of enforcement for those caught selling to minors or dealing in illicit vape products.

“Likewise, such action is required to minimise the impact of vapes on the environment. Earlier in 2023 the UKVIA gathered industry leaders, politicians, regulators and waste experts to discuss solutions to the challenge of vape waste – now we need to ensure all the industry walks the walk.

“There are many stakeholders who have a part to play in addressing these challenges, but the industry must lead the way in galvanizing efforts to achieve effective and positive change and to achieve it as soon as possible. The prize is too significant to be missed – saving future generations from the devastating and often fatal impact of smoking will not wait.”

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