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Discussion in 'E-Cigarette Summit Videos' started by Oliver, Dec 3, 2015.

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  1. Oliver

    Oliver ECF Founder, formerly SmokeyJoe Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

    In April 2013 I attended the first "e-cigarette workshop" held at the European Parliament in Brussels. The purpose of the workshop was to inform Parliamentarians about e-cigarettes, and to discuss their inclusion in the Tobacco Products Directive.

    What I saw there made me sick to my stomach. We (and especially, the parliamentarians) were subjected, for a number of hours, to the opinions of a group of people who had no knowledge or understanding of vaping products. These individuals sat confidently opining that e-cigs were a huge threat to public health and must be regulated like medicines or banned outright. The only saving grace was the presence of Jean-Francois Etter, a man who calmly and politely stated that everything he had heard from his fellow-contributors was unscientific and based on nothing but here-say.

    At the conclusion of the event, Prof Etter and I conversed in astonished terms about what we'd just witnessed.

    I said to Prof Etter: "what we need is a proper conference where all the issues can be hammered out publicly, without rancour, without bias, and with all sides of the debate represented." He agreed, and I set home determined to put the plan into action.

    Thankfully, soon I was introduced to Amanda Strange, professional conference producer, and we embarked on 6 of the hardest months of our lives putting the event on - but that's another story for another day.

    I will be posting the videos from this year's event shortly (they are currently being edited), and I invite you to spend some time watching them.

    The first conference changed the landscape of the debate around e-cigarettes in the UK, and I'm immensely grateful to all the participants for their involvement.

    One thing is clear to me, however: it was all too late. By the time the 2013 conference took place, the tobacco products directive was already close to being finalised, and it now comes into force in May 2016, and with it ends the golden age of vaping in the EU.

    My American friends, you still have hope - please join CASAA, please make yourself heard, and please ensure that the FDA does not kill the greatest thing that's ever happened to smokers, and for which many of us have devoted our lives to creating the last 8 years.

    Oliver
     
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  2. Oliver

    Oliver ECF Founder, formerly SmokeyJoe Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Please note - the videos are currently being uploaded. I've managed to get the first one up and hope to do the others shortly....
     
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  3. schatz

    schatz Super Member ECF Veteran

    Thank you for all that you do, Smokey.
     
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  4. Oliver

    Oliver ECF Founder, formerly SmokeyJoe Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oh, I should add - here's the proceedings of that original EU Workshop, in case anyone's interested in just how awful it was! Proceedings of the Workshop on
     
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  5. LilWhiteClouder

    LilWhiteClouder Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 1, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    Looking forward to them @SmokeyJoe . Where will they be located? On this thread?
     
  6. Oliver

    Oliver ECF Founder, formerly SmokeyJoe Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Heya @LilWhiteClouder - If you jump back to the forum you're in you'll see all the vids I've uploaded so far. I've a slew more to add and will sort them out early next week....

    Oliver
     
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  7. LilWhiteClouder

    LilWhiteClouder Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 1, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    It is refreshing to hear positive information and research on vaping. These are great, much appreciation for posting Oliver. Back to the vids :pop:
     
  8. BrotherBob

    BrotherBob Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Dec 24, 2014
    Sunnyvale,CA,USA
    I hope you are correct @SmokeyJoe. I think most vapers are with you here.
     
  9. Jen326

    Jen326 New Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    It's so sad how many rules and laws there are in NYC regarding ecigs and vaping. SMH
     
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