Who we are
As the country’s leading forum for supporting, developing and promoting the £1bn vaping industry, the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) is spearheading one of the biggest market disruptions in the 21st century – the seismic shift from smoking to vaping.
We comprise some of the UK’s most entrepreneurial and fastest growing independent vaping businesses, tobacco and pharmaceutical companies who are seizing the opportunity to play their role in the move towards a smokefree society and a range of professional and ancillary services providers
We represent the largest proportion of the UK marketplace and the entire supply chain including manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and distributors who all share our vision: “a world where the evidence-based life changing public health benefits of vaping products are fully understood and the positive impact is maximised.”
Our government, the regulators, consumers, the public health community, the vaping industry and the media are all key in making this vision a reality. That’s why we’re all about educating, informing, reassuring and championing our key stakeholders so that the shift from smoking to vaping continues unabated and the public health benefits of doing so are realised fully. This involves:
- Establishing the utmost confidence in vaping products through scientific and non-clinical research that presents the public health case for vaping;
- Campaigning for regulation which is in the health and safety interests of consumers and is fair to the vaping industry;
- Raising awareness of vaping amongst consumers and educating them about the products on the market through our VApril campaign;
- Setting the highest levels of quality standards in the industry covering manufacture, ingredients and electronic functioning of products;
- Promoting and supporting the growth of the industry and its contribution to the UK economy.
The current Annual Report highlights the achievements of the Association and its members during 2017/2018 as well as the continued growth of the industry and the mounting evidence to support the public health benefits of vaping. It also puts the focus on key regulatory challenges and the priorities ahead for the vaping sector.
As a consumer you want to know that vaping products are safe when using them. Likewise, as a regulator you want complete confidence in the products that are on sale in order to protect the interests of consumers.
That’s why the UKVIA and its members are taking a lead when it comes to developing health and safety standards for the industry – both in terms of hardware and liquids.
Reports of side effects or product safety concerns associated with e-cigarettes or e-liquids can be reported to the Yellow Card Scheme. These can be reported online using the Yellow Card online reporting form here by both consumers and healthcare professionals.
Reports of non compliance with the TRPR can be sent to TPD.email@example.com or reported to local Trading Standards offices.
Damien, Chief Executive and founder of Adact International, spent 18 years working in medical regulation including electronic cigarettes. Adact Medical is the largest electronic cigarettes compliance agency in Europe, having notified over 42% of all UK brands, in addition to significant EU and USA businesses.
Stephen is the Regulatory Affairs Manager at BAT, a leading player in next generation products including electronic cigarettes. The company has invested more than $1bn in establishing a whole new business division focussed on these products.
Chris joined Japan Tobacco International as Government Relations Manager in September 2017. Prior to this he worked in the House of Commons as a Researcher for a Member of Parliament.
Dean has been involved in the vaping industry since 2011 when he joined Blend & Bottle for the launch of Freshcig Electronic Cigarettes. Since then he has worked in every role from customer service, warehousing & dispatch, product development, e-commerce and retail. He currently holds the position of Director of Operations overseeing the day to day operations of our warehousing & distribution, IT systems, e-commerce sites and retail.
Tom is the Quality and Technical Director at Lumo Liquids, responsible for quality, compliance and development. He has over 15 years’ experience in pharmaceutical quality management, including quality manager at Springdew Ltd, and Quality Manager at Biotec Distribution.
Ben founded ECigWizard in 2011 and the business has grown into a large retail, wholesale and manufacturing brand. Today, it is one of the largest stockists of electronic cigarettes and e-liquids in the UK and Europe, with 45 franchise stores around the UK and supplying some 80 private white label e-liquid clients.
Pascal is the founder of The Electric Tobacconist and CEO of the UK branch. Founded in 2013, the business now has warehouses in Hemel Hempstead UK and Boulder, Colorado and employs over 60 people across its two online retail operations.
In 2008 Christian was invited to join DSL Group, one of the UK’s leading forecourt promotions businesses, as their business development director. In 2012 the group diversified further into the electronic cigarette category with the creation of multiCIG and subsequently the multiVAPE brands.
John Dunne is currently the Managing Director of E-liquid Brands based in London. John has a strong background and reputation in the European Electronic cigarette industry having held senior executive positions in some of Europe’s biggest companies, and advises many leading industry analysists, financial institutions and media organizations looking at the vaping category.
Doug, who has 15 years’ experience within FMCG, retail, manufacturing & technology industries, is Manufacturing & Compliance Director at Vaporized, the UK’s largest vape retail chain with 100 plus stores and a major manufacturer of e-liquids.
Andrej founded retail chain Evapo which has grown to 30 vape stores across the UK and Germany with significant plans to expand its retail footprint. The company has also established a joint venture to create an e-liquid manufacturing and testing laboratory in Belfast.
Zoe joined Imperial Brands in 2012 in an HQ-based role leading on Public Policy and now heads up the Government Affairs team for the UK market – covering Next Generation Products in addition to traditional tobacco policy. Zoe’s role includes engagement with policy-makers across the UK, liaison across the industry bodies, trade associations and think tanks; and corporate affairs for all EU and global markets at an industry level.
Neil is Chief Executive JAC Vapour, which was founded in 2010 and has risen to become one of the biggest brands in the UK, opening flagship shops across the country. Joining the business in 2016 he was successfully led document management company Critiqom Ltd to significant growth.
Following a successful international career in the tobacco industry, Tony got involved in the vaping world in 2011 leading early stage companies. He is now Chief Executive of Madvapes, one of the largest and oldest vaping retailers in the USA, which is preparing to expand into the UK and other European countries.
James Barrow works for Philip Morris Limited where he advocates for the company’s smoke-free products. James previously worked for a health charity and has experience of running high-profile national campaigns. PMI is designing a smoke free future as reflected in its e-vapour brands, Vivid, MESH and Nicocig.
Dan is an owner of both Vape Club; the UK’s largest online vape specialist, and Vape Base; a leading distributor of eliquid and hardware to the UK and Europe. Joining the industry in 2013, Dan is a passionate vaping advocate and has spoken at many conferences and political engagements.
Martin has been involved with the vaping category for the last six years. Martin is currently Sales Director at AYR which has developed the first vape device that refills and recharges itself automatically, lets you know when a replacement is due and allows vapers to track their usage. Previously at BAT, he led the team that developed the category strategy and route to market for Vype and Voke.
Richard is Operations Manager at Vape Distribution and has been with the company since its inception. He is part of the team that made Vape Distribution one of Europe’s largest Wholesale Distributors of Vape products whose customer base ranges from single independent stores to large retail chains.
Brett founded Vapouriz in 2011 and today it is one of the largest e-liquid manufacturers in the UK. Headquartered in Guildford it offers e-liquids in over 50 different flavours and five different strengths of nicotine. Vapouriz also has a number of retail stores.
Steven founded Ziggicig in 2009 and the company has organically expanded into a successful retail chain with 18 stores currently in Ireland. It has recently formed a joint venture in a new state-of-the-art e-liquid manufacturing facility and TPD compliance laboratory.
Dan launched Oxford Vapours in 2012 at just 17 years old. Inspired by the idea of stopping his family members from smoking and with a few hundred pounds of savings, Dan starting selling starter-kits in a shopping centre in Oxford. The company has since grown to 3 shops, oxfordvapours.com, the VapeVan™ SameDay Delivery Service and the ’Ohm Boy’ brand of E-liquids.