Welcome to a special UKVIA Vaping Industry Forum edition of Vaping UK, an e-bulletin published by the UK Vaping Industry Association bringing the latest news and views in the sector.

Going for Growth

The UKVIA’s inaugural Vaping Industry Forum, Growing for Growth, is just two weeks away. The event has already attracted delegates from the vaping sector, government, the retail industry, the public health community, local authorities, academia, market research, and the media. There will also be representatives from international organisations.

The Forum will focus on how the sector can continue to grow by maximising the opportunities and proactively dealing with the challenges that lie ahead. Key sessions will include:

  • Next Generation Vaping: from products to retailing
  • A policy and regulatory landscape for growth|
  • The future for vaping in the grocery sector
  • What’s needed to encourage smokers to make the switch to vaping
  • How the UK can take global leadership on standards
  • The role of tobacco and pharmaceutical companies in the future of the sector
  • Bolstering the public health evidence of vaping
  • Vaping around the world – an international perspective
  • How the insurance sector is responding to the fact that vaping is now seen as a small fraction of the risk of smoking

Top line up

The UKVIA’s first Vaping Industry Forum has attracted an impressive line-up of circa 30 speakers and panellists.

They include figureheads from the political community including Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for E-cigarettes; Rt Hon Norman Lamb, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee; Gareth Johnson, MP Dartford and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union; and Peter Alcock, Enforcement Officer in Regulatory Delivery, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

The retail sector will be represented by Edward Woodall, Head of Policy & Public Affairs at the Association of Convenience Stores; Josh Clifton, E-Cig Client Development Lead at HIM Shopper research consultancy; and Atul Sodha a Londis store owner.

There will be a debate on the role of the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries in the future of vaping. Panellists will include: Dr Ian Jones, Vice President of Reduced Risk Products at JTI; Germana Barba, Global VP, Regulatory Strategy & Engagement at PMI; Duncan Cunningham, Corporate & Legal Affairs UK & Ireland at Imperial Brands; Will Hill, Head of Legal & External Affairs at BAT UK & Ireland; Ben Wilson, Managing Director at BSMW Ltd; and Doug Mutter, Manufacturing & Compliance Director at leading independent manufacturing and retail vaping business Vaporized.

Regulatory challenges are a key item on the conference agenda and will be debated by Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute for Economic Affairs; Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association; Lizi Jenkins, Head of Regulatory Affairs at BSMW Ltd; and Clive Bates, an independent consultant.

Craig Copland, E-Cigarette Unit Manager at the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will give a keynote speech on how the UK vaping sector can take a global leadership on standards.

Delegates will be able to hear about some of the latest innovations in the sector from John Dunne, Managing Director of E-Liquid Brands; Martin Miller, Sales Director at AYR; and Danny Sohota, Managing Director at Real Trading.

The last session will focus on what’s needed to bolster clinical evidence around vaping. Chaired by Rt Hon Norman Lamb, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee, panellists include:  Dr Lynne Dawkins, Associate Professor at London South Bank University; Sarah Jakes, Board member, New Nicotine Alliance; and Gerry Stimson from Knowledge, Action, Change.

Introducing the world’s smartest vaping product

It has been designed to set the standard in responsible vaping in the future. The UKVIA Vaping Industry Forum will be the launchpad for the world’s first smart vape device created by headline sponsor AYR.

It will be unveiled by Clive Millington, Chief Executive of AYR and former Chief Operating Officer at TomTom, where he was instrumental in scaling the company’s SATNAV business from 200m to 1.4bn euros in five years.

He says: “I’m new to the vaping industry but it is full of exciting technological possibilities and that’s where I want to draw on my experience. The development of our smart device is part of our strategic focus on packaging e-cigarette technology in ways that achieve higher levels of reliability, ease of use and information for people trying to quit tobacco smoking and take up vaping.”

He will be joined by Martin Miller, Sales Director at AYR, who adds: “We’ve set out to reimagine e-cigarettes and we believe we’ve developed a product that provides the ultimate in responsible vaping. Unlike conventional cigarettes it’s difficult for e-cigarette users to monitor how much they’ve vaped. Now they can with our device.”

AYR’s device is the first vape product that shows exactly how much you’ve vaped during a single session. It refills and recharges itself automatically and also monitors its own condition and lets you know when a replacement is due. The hassle-free replacement system means there is no risk of spills or leaks and it comes with ten different flavours – from apple crunch and autumn pear to wild blueberry and watermelon medley.

For more information on the AYR device please visit here.

How can smokers be encouraged to make the switch to vaping? All will be revealed

New UKVIA/Consumer Intelligence research findings on how smokers can be best encouraged to make the switch to vaping will be unveiled for the first time at the UK Vaping Industry Forum.

The research, which was conducted amongst 1,000 plus smokers during March 2018 covered the experience of and attitudes to vaping; awareness of public communications about vaping; and channels to influence change amongst smokers.

The findings make for interesting reading.

Don’t miss out – book your tickets

There are still tickets available from £150 – please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

All bookings can be made here.