The event, to be held at the Mill River Manor Best Western, will promote research and education for e-cigarette users while providing a venue for the latest products. It is scheduled for March 22 and 23 between 2 and 10 p.m. Attendees must be at least 18 years of age.
Vapefest, the first annual e-cigarette convention, which started in 2010, is a fundraiser and educational forum. It funds research into the safety of e-cigarettes.
Previous events funded a peer-reviewed Indoor Air Quality Study (IVAQS) that published last fall in the scientific journal Inhalation Toxicology. The study determined e-cigarette emissions pose no apparent risk to human health.
Numerous vendors from across the world will be represented and provide free product samples. Free classes will be offered on all aspects of e-cigarette use. There will be a raffle with more than $2,000 in prizes.
"This is a great opportunity to learn about e-cigarette use and the science behind it," said Spike Babaian, the event's organizer. "Thousands of people who successfully switched to e-cigarettes have attended previous events. It is an amazing experience. We're looking forward to bringing this event to New York."
Tickets for Vapefest will be $10 per day or $15 for the whole weekend if purchased online by March 1. A free raffle ticket is provided with all advance ticket sales. Entry is free for smokers, who will also receive a free e-cigarette.
More details are available at www.vapefest.com.