Spike Babaian Bio
My name is Spike Babaian. I own a chain of Vape shops in New York City (VapeNY). I have been advocating battery safety and educating vapers on how to use their products safely and correctly for 9+ years.
I have spoken on publicly and covered many areas on vapor products
-Using e-cigarettes since 2008.
-Founded National Vapers Club, the first consumer group for e-cigarette users in 2009.
-Organized and held Vapefest, the first Vape Convention in the world in 2010 and held the event every six months for many years.
-Have advised 200+ city, state and federal policy makers in 32 states and dozens of scientific researchers from 6 different countries regarding e-cigarettes for more than 9 years to prevent e-cigarette bans and restrictions and educate scientists and public health policy makers.
-Raised over $150,000 for e-cigarette research.
-Co-authored the first peer reviewed paper in the US on vapor toxicity (McAuley et al. 2012 –
– Advised on dozens of clinical studies and surveys as an e-cigarette expert.
-Helped with research and design and safety features on many types of vapor products.
-Have had day to day contact with tens of thousands of e-cigarette users over more than 7 years as I own a number of retail vapor product shops in New York City.
-Have done over 3 dozen news articles and stories over 8 years to educate the public on e-cigarettes.
-Presented scientific data to FDA at MRTP workshop 2011.
-Have helped present scientific research on secondhand vapor at a number of conferences (2012/2013/2014).
-Presented a history and evolution of vapor products at TMA conference 2014.
-Presented as panelist at FDA workshop on e-cigarettes 2015.
-Presented data to OMB regarding deeming regulations on vapor products 2016.
-Appointed technical Analysis Director of New York State Vapor Association 2017.
-Sent letter to NYS Health Commissioner Zucker correcting misinformation with science 2017.
-Presented at FDA Battery Safety Workshop 2017
(Time: 2 hrs 9 min)
-Presented as a panelist at National Academy of Sciences 2017