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Spike Babaian Bio

My name is Spike Babaian. I own a chain of Vape shops in New York City (VapeNY). I have been advocating vapor product safety and educating vapers on how to use their products safely and correctly for 10+ years. Over the years I have spoken publicly on vapor products in regards to science, innovation and technology, safety, legal, regulations, industry trends and consumer use.
I started using e-cigarettes in 2008. I founded National Vapers Club, the first US consumer group for e-cigarette users in 2009. I organized and held Vapefest, the first Vape Convention in the world in 2010 and held the event every six months for many years. I have advised 200+ city, state and federal policy makers in 33 states and dozens of scientific researchers from 7 different countries. I raised over $150,000 for e-cigarette research and co-authored the first peer reviewed paper in the US on vapor toxicity. I presented it at a few conferences as well. (McAuley et al. 2012 – http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/08958378.2012.724728). 
Over the years I have advised on dozens of clinical studies and surveys as an e-cigarette expert. I have helped with research and design and safety features on many types of vapor products. I have day to day contact with tens of thousands of e-cigarette users over more than 8 years as I own a number of retail vapor product shops in New York City. I have been interviewed in over 3 dozen news articles and stories to educate the public on e-cigarettes.
I have presented vapor information to FDA on a number of occasions since 2011 both publicly and privately. 
(MRTP 2011, Panelist – Workshop on E-cigarettes / Flavors 2015, Battery Safety Workshop 2017, Youth and E-cigarettes 2019)  
(Time: 2 hrs 9 min)
I presented a history and evolution of vapor products at TMA conference 2014. In 2016 I presented data to OMB regarding deeming regulations on vapor products. In 2017, I was appointed technical Analysis Director of New York State Vapor Association. Also in 2017, I sent a letter to NYS Health Commissioner Zucker correcting misinformation with science 2017.
I presented as a vapor products retailer and industry expert as a panelist at National Academy of Sciences 2017.
Presented at Global Forum on Nicotine 2019 and 2020. (2019 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClTfkFaNaS4)