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Vape Expo NJ Disaster

Posted on 05 August 2015

With all of the success that has taken place at vape conventions across the country, it’s safe to say that the industry was due for a disaster. This nightmare took place not long ago at the Vape Expo NJ where nearly 1,200 venders and e-cigarette users gathered from around the country to display their goods and sample new products only to discover that in 2010, the state of New Jersey became the first state in the country to ban the use of e-cigarette devices in public. This was made possible by including e-cigarette use under the same guidelines as tobacco products.

Yep, the great minds behind the Vape Expo NJ attempted to hold a vaping convention in a state that has banned vaping in public venues. The organizers of the Vape Expo NJ were attempting to slick around the legislation by stating that the venue was leased for a private event and that all of the venders had paid a $25 fee to be part of a “club.” The Edison and Middlesex County health officials saw things differently, James Elliot, director for the township division of Health and Human Services stated that “It was effectively open to the public.” Elliot went on to explain that even though the venue is taking place within a private building, “We were assured that this was a private trade show.”

When all the dust had finally settled, roughly $50,000 dollars in fines were issued to the expo hall manager, approximately 66 vendors and countless enthusiasts who were attending the convention. All of those named above were accused of violating the New Jersey clean air act. I am sure that there is a lot to be learned from the Vape Expo NJ. This is a topic that we will continue to cover as more information becomes available.

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