E-Cig Summit 2013 Set For Las Vegas

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The still new and growing electronic cigarette trade organization, SFATA, has announced its first major event.  At the end of January, it will be presenting a colloquium on various major e-cig industry topics focusing primarily on impending FDA regulation and the year ahead.

The event is called E-Cig Summit 2013 and it’s set to happen just before the Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas so individuals can easily attend both.  The Expo is set for January 30th and 31st while the Summit is set for the 28th and 29th.

The Summit is designed to educate electronic cigarette industry members on how they can fight, survive, and comply with the regulations we’re all expecting to see in the next year.  To that end, individuals from the law firm Venable — which was involved in the initial e-cig cases against the FDA — will be discussing various legal issues.  The keynote speech will be presented by former FDA chief counsel Ralph Taylor on the immediate threat of substantial equivalence.

A bit on substantial equivalence.  In short, the current direction of things means that the FDA will require electronic cigarette companies prove substantial equivalence.  This means proving that their products are identical to commercially available ones or that they don’t raise new questions about public health.  According to e-cig advocate Bill Godshall, some 450 substantial equivalence applications have been filed (not all for e-cigs) and not a single one has been approved yet.  It sounds like this might be changing, but other regulations in place will prevent further innovation and product development in the e-cig industry.

The event will be free to attend and SFATA will record all presentations and post them online after the event for anyone that can’t make it.  We’ll be covering the event on Ecig Advanced when it happens.

E-Cig Summit 2013 will be January 28th and 29th at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas.

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48 Comments

  1. unclerj says

    I will look forward to hearing more about this event.

    Thanks for covering it!

  2. mongrel says

    Good to see this will be happening so soon, tieh the FDA planning more hearings on NRT’s in 2013 there is no better time to see the vaping industry come together.

  3. NicXvapor says

    I hope this goes well. I’m sure it will among vapers but with the FDA getting so involved I have a concern that there will be more questions at the event than answers. Maybe I’m wrong and I hope that I am. I wish NicX could be there either way.

    Thank you ECA for covering it and I look forward to hearing how it goes!

  4. Adam says

    I think it is fascinating that the industry has grown to the level of Vegas trade shows. Congrats to everyone involved.

  5. slap_maxwell says

    Glad to hear about this. I hope this law firm doesn’t counsel folks to blindly lap up whatever swill the “regulators” may decide, at their whim, to throw their way….

  6. Mike says

    we should car pool and go to vegas

  7. Mike says

    Sounds like a good reason to visit Vegas to me!

  8. John "Shub" Fellhoelter says

    Sounds awesome. I wish I lived on that side of the country, if so, I’d go!

  9. Nathaniel says

    Now there are 2 reasons for me to go to vegas!

  10. Michelle says

    I think I’ll be going to Vegas!!

  11. Donald Hammond says

    I would love to go. Another excuse to hit Vegas.

  12. Lincoln Pennell says

    I use to live in Vegas …. what a time to leave Vegas dammit …… I’ll try and help from here

  13. Sabrina Mitchell says

    oh sure 2 years after I leave vegas lol

  14. Christian says

    Awesome group.

  15. Philippe Caron-Boutin says

    Sadly i cannot be here

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