GFN is a vaper friendly conference, actively encouraging participation by consumers and advocates. For various reasons this year we have had to introduce a vaping policy, which we hope will accommodate everyone's needs. The main reasons for this are:
- that some non-vaping delegates last year felt that they were 'trapped' with the vapour, which they found unpleasant and distracting, particularly in the plenary and parallel sessions where there are a lot of people packed into a relatively small space;
- that the Polish government are pushing for indoor usage restrictions - there may be regulators present and we would like them to leave with a positive view of vaping and vapers, and indeed of the conference;
- that since last year the majority of experienced vapers have switched to high powered devices and sub-ohming, which is fine for vape meets but not so good in the conference venue where it tends to create a rather disconcerting fog bank for those who are not used to it.
With these points in mind, and following discussions with a number of vaping advocate colleagues, we ask that everyone attending the conference bear in mind the following.
Vaping is not permitted in Palace of Culture and Science, where the screening of the film ‘A Billion Lives’ will take place. This is not the organisers’ decision, it is the policy of the management of that building.
In the conference venue, please do not vape in the parallel or plenary sessions. You are free to vape in the networking and public areas, but please be discreet and considerate. Use low powered devices as it helps to keep the amount of vapour created to a minimum.
If you want to blow clouds there will be a terrace available on the same floor as the conference takes place, or please go outside the venue.
We have framed the policy to try to accommodate everyone and hope need for it is understood and accepted and that it doesn't cause too much inconvenience.