Television doctor Christian Jessen is to be a keynote speaker at the forthcoming Vaping Industry Forum.
Organised by the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), the event will be held on Thursday 9 May in Mayfair’s No. 4 Hamilton Place.
Jessen, who is currently fronting UKVIA’s VApril campaign, will give his views on how vaping can become a “major public health prize” by helping smokers to quit.
The Embarrassing Bodies star is convinced that vaping offers a route to a smoke-free society in the future. He said: “There are 3.2 million vapers in the country, the majority of whom have quit smoking. But there is a long way to go and we need the support of the healthcare community, pubs, employers and local councils to allow people the freedom to vape so it’s easier for them to break their smoking habits.
“My own profession needs to do much more. Only recently, new research showed that the majority of hospitals are not allowing vaping within their grounds despite guidance from Public Health England to do so. This seems surprising considering the bill to the NHS will be considerably cut if more people switch from conventional cigarettes to vaping.”
Conference themes cover:
- What more can the public health community do to encourage vaping?
- Is the UK becoming vape unfriendly?
- Advertising, marketing and young people
- The future for vaping regulation
- How retail can deliver vaping’s public health potential
- The role of CBD in the vaping industry
Speakers and panellists include:
- Mark Pawsey MP
- Jon Ungoed-Thomas, The Sunday Times
- Sir Kevin Barron MP
- Andy Tighe, Beer and Pub Association
- Chris Snowdon, Institute for Economic Affairs
- Dr Caitlyn Notley, University of East Anglia
- John Lee, Scottish Grocers Federation
- Peter Vorster, Credit Suisse
- Sairah Salim-Sartoni, Head of Switching, Juul
To mark VApril, discounted tickets are currently available. To book a place at the Vaping Industry Forum, visit ukviaforum.co.uk.