2,629 visitors meandered in the foggy aisles of the Paris Event Center, Porte de la Villette in Paris for this first edition of the VapEvent, an international vape trade show.
Among exhibitors, 60% international, a large majority were e-liquid manufacturers presenting their products. Some hardware manufacturers were present as well as modders who came to exhibit their original creations.
Visitors could test the e-liquids with advanced setups provided by the exhibitors, filling the atmosphere with floating scented vapors in an open and comfortable space.
Four conferences were held over the two days that attempted to answer the many questions the professionals had on the consequences on the business of the European Tobacco Products Directive applicable as soon as May 20. Deploring the absence of a final document, the lawyers could only give a guidance on the legal framework without being able to bring definitive answers, a delicate period before the publication of the decrees.
Among speakers on the advertising ban for vaping products, Matthieu Bourgeois (lawyer), Arnaud Dumas de Rauly (Fivape) and Aaron Biebert (A Million Lives), on the Implementation of the European directive, Aymeric d’Alançon (lawyer), Jean Moiroud (Fivape), Patricia Kovacevic (Nicopure), on Challenges for retailers and market consolidation, Olivier Tiquant (TBM),
Matthieu Cadosch (Point Smoke) and Jacques Le Houezec (public health consultant), and on How to deal with new vapers and next generation tobacco products, Thierry Vallat (lawyer), Nicolas Birouste (AFNOR), Aurélien Taglione (Vapostore).
Jean Moiroud, president of the Fivape (French Interprofessional Federation of the Vape), forced to use caution and a conditional tense, was nevertheless reassuring on vaping authorizations in specialty stores, a crucial point for professionals and consumers who have become accustomed to try before buying.
VapEvent in numbers:
- 2,629 trade visitors from 42 countries ,
- More than 100 booths featuring 250 brands
- 60% international exhibitors from 18 countries.