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Vape Club Wins Research Award

Vape Club, the UK’s largest online vaping retailer, has been awarded the Best Vaping-Related Research Study at the UKVIA Industry Recognition Awards

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Vape Club, the UK’s largest online vaping retailer, has been awarded the “Best Vaping-Related Research Study” at the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) Industry Recognition Awards. The UKVIA hosted its second annual Industry Recognition Awards evening on Friday 10th November, after a successful debut last year, which honours individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to the industry.

Vape Club’s award was in recognition of its research on the number of illegal vaping seizures taking place across the UK in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers black market products pose to encourage greater action from the government and enforcement agencies.

Despite growing concern within the industry about the impact of illegal products entering the UK vaping market, stories of illegal products seized were fractured across local news networks.

The company set out to highlight the link between unscrupulous and bad-acting retailers, reliant on illegal practices, with disposable vapes and rising youth access which had been dominating the UK headlines this year.

Vape Club’s appointed digital marketing agency, Distinctly, based in Rickmansworth and Old Street to oversee the promotion of this campaign.

This year, the Industry Recognition Awards expanded its award categories from ten to sixteen, with the new awards celebrating the achievements of businesses excelling in research, education and compliance.

Dan Marchant, Director and Co-Founder of Vape Club, said: “We are delighted to have won the award for the Best Vaping-Related Research Study at the UKVIA Industry Recognition Awards this year. It’s encouraging to see our work impact the ethics and purpose of the wider industry, helping demand more attention and action from the government and enforcement agencies.

“Millions of illegal vapes have been seized in the UK over the last three years — two and a half million illicit e-cigarettes were collected since the beginning of 2020. Although this is just the tip of the iceberg as enforcement action is unfortunately relatively rare still.

“Our activity has been encouraging conversation from the likes of Cllr Alan Bullion at Southborough Town Council in Kent as well as Sonia Sodha, columnist at The Observer and presenter at Radio 4. We are pleased to report that our work has had a significant impact on the news agenda and is leading to positive initiatives led by the vaping industry.

“We really want to see a lot more enforcement work to catch these unscrupulous retailers who are placing illegal and potentially dangerous products on the market, and especially those who are selling to underage children. This is why we are putting together a blueprint for a vape retail and distribution licensing scheme that would be able to fund this crucial work at no cost to the taxpayer.”

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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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