2022 Vapecon Held in Pretoria, South Africa

Vapecon was held in Heartfelt Arena Pretoria over the weekend, showcasing different forms of safer nicotine devices and vendors in South Africa.

2022 Vapecon Held in Pretoria, South Africa
2022 Vapecon Held in Pretoria, South Africa

2022 Vapecon Held in Pretoria, South Africa

Vapecon was held in Heartfelt Arena Pretoria over the weekend, showcasing different forms of safer nicotine devices and vendors in South Africa.

Vapecon is South Africa's first electronic cigarette convention. The first one was held in 2015 and continues to grow. As with previous years VapeCon 2022 hosted various competitions on the day for you to show off talents and for the attendees of VapeCon to be entertained, with amazing prize pools sponsored by the vendors.

 

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) earlier in the year said  it had established a National Technical Committee (TC) to develop South African National Standards to guide the use of e-cigarette and vaping products.

Currently, there are no guidelines or regulations for vaping production in South Africa, and the SABS will be responsible for setting guidelines and promoting standardization in the field, covering electronic vaping products and their components including cartridges and reservoirs.

Discussions around the appropriate regulation of electronic vaping products (EVPs) have constantly seen regulators claim that not enough is known about these products, owing to the vaping industry being relatively young.

Several governments, including South Africa, have used this to justify drafting regulatory proposals that are not underpinned by sound scientific evidence but are grounded on unfounded fears and biases. While fears about the dangers of vaping may have been prudent five years ago, it is patently misguided to continue relying on these fears as a basis for making public policy.

It is fundamentally important to highlight that the vaping industry shares government’s vision of eliminating smoking in South Africa. The road to this outcome requires that government takes an open mind to science and sheds its ideological posture which equates nicotine addiction with tobacco addiction.