I've been following up a bit the news in France (my native country). This week was full of positive news: mainstream media reported news like "e-cigs make regular e-cigs has been for the youths", or "doctors push the e-cigs as a valuable tool for treating tobacco addition", etc. For example: https://translate.google.co.in/trans...tte-anti-tabac
What happened? Last Monday, a meeting was organized, with a mix bunch of vape businesses, doctors, health minister representatives, and, of course, individual vapers. Journalists were obviously on the list of guests. It seems it was a big success, and the positive impact is impressive. The web site is here: https://translate.google.co.in/trans...sommet-vape.fr .
Usually, most of the news are about the battery explosions, bogus scitific researches, and the like. The government is very conservative on the topic, restricting the public places to vaping, not supporting it as a public health strategy, etc. There's a new EU directive which is clearly trying to break the industry and adoption in the public under lobbying of the big tobacco, on the top of that, but that's another topic.
All in all, i find the situation there a bit similar than here in India and many countries: blinded mass media, a government driven by fear, which doesn't have a clue but is blocking by default (obviously lobbying or corruption behind it), assimilation of e-cigs to a tobacco product and other crazy allegations, etc. This kind of event, eventually, can help a big way.
So, i was thinking that it might be an idea for the TFAAI: organizing a conference in the capital, inviting government representatives, doctors, journalists, and anyone who can be an opinion maker.
Obviously that's a big big task, and i'm not the kind of person who can organize that...
It's just an idea, maybe crazy, maybe not?