In many western countries, e-cigarettes are considered as a substitute for smoking. But we must admit that this is not the case everywhere. Vape Expo India, which whould have been the first Indian vaping fair, was supposed to take place in New Delhi on September 9 and 10, 2017. The fair was eventually cancelled for lack of support of local authorities.
This event was organized by Connextions Orbis. Its objective was to present the public with the latest vaping products and trends. More than 200 professional companies were to exhibit during the fair. Participants were counting on this exhibition to increase their product sales (e-liquid e-cigarette, vaping accessories, etc.).
But this project experienced many developments until it finally got cancelled on August 31st. The fair was originally planned in the Indian capital. But the government, represented by Health Minister for Uttar Pradesh Padmakar Singh, did not agree with that.
He actually considers that this exhibition goes against several anti-smoking and youth protection laws. According to him, the fair would increase the popularity of these trendy products.
When Connextions Orbis organizers faced this first refusal, they looked for other options. They had found a new venue, the Indian Exposition Mart. But then, the Greater Noida authorities also decided to ban the exhibition through the voice of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, N Kumaraswamy.
A last minute cancellation
Vape Expo India was eventually cancelled only a few days before the show.
Organizers are more than unhappy with the situation and want to go to New Delhi High Court of Justice. They will claim compensation for the damages caused by this last-minute cancellation.