Vaping Conference Scheduled in Vegas
A major conference on e-cigarettes will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 24-25, with a pre-conference workshop on the 23rd. The event will take place in the Flamingo Hotel, and is sponsored by eCig Global at the International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC), a conference planning organization that has staged e-cig conferences in the UK and France.
The speakers roster is formidable, including ECF's own Oliver Kershaw, market-watcher Bonnie Herzog of Wells Fargo Securities, Cynthia Cabrera of SFATA (the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association), Peter Beckett, Public Relations Director for the British trade organization ECITA (Electronic Cigarette International Trade Association), Carl Phillips, science consultant for the Consumers Association for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), and Bill Godshall of Smokefree Pennsylvania, to name only a few from a long and distinguished list.
Several prominent scientists in the nicotine and harm reduction field will speak, including Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health, Ricardo Polosa of Italy's University of Catania, Gilbert Ross, Medical Director of the American Council on Science and Health, and Joel Nitzkin, past leader of Tobacco Control for the American Association of Public Health Physicians.
Several CEOs and officials of independent e-cig and e-liquid companies will speak, including representatives of Smoking Vapor, Smart Cloud Vapor, What a Smoke, Evolvapor, ProVape, VapAria, and NJOY, along with two reps from AEMSA (the American E-liguid Manufacturing Standards Association). Several leading figures in the field of smokeless tobacco will be present, as will further market analysts and legal affairs experts in the tobacco area, and also journalists covering the vaping industry and community. The only listed representative of an e-cig offered by Big Tobacco is Patricia Kovacevic, and her program entry says "Blu and Lorillard" – the agenda was apparently put together before the events of recent weeks. It is unclear which one she currently works for, and her LinkedIn profile has not yet been updated either. But the detailed agenda says Lorillard under her name, so it would appear that she did not move to Imperial with Blu.
Day one of the conference will begin with a focus on the impending Deeming Regulations of the FDA in the morning, including a comparison with the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) of the European Union, and a panel on the flavorings issue. The afternoon panels of day one will focus on Public Health, featuring talks by most of the scientists listed.
The first set of talks in the morning of day two will deal with business aspects of e-cigarettes, mergers, investments, and prospects. Later morning panels will cover product standards, prospects for litigation, and licensing regulations. The afternoon's panels on day two will cover innovation, patents, improving product safety, and social and cultural factors.
All in all, this conference promises to be one that will raise the level of awareness and competence in all segments of the evolving vaping supplies industry, and the vaping community.