Last updated on February 7th, 2016
ECigarette News Salutes Vaping Advocate Groups Dedicated to Consumer and Product Safety
Electronic cigarettes are a consumer product that is currently marketed as an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes. The industry is growing exponentially with statistics now indicating there are over 30 million vapers worldwide.
Despite the popularity of ecigarettes and the known fact that they are safer than cigarettes, the industry and vapers endure a constant barrage of attacks from politicians, competitive industries and health organizations.
Many attacks demand strict regulations, bans and vapor product policies that are not evidence based.
The purported reasons for anti-ecig attacks are in essence because e-cigarettes are a relatively new product that has yet to be proven 100% safe to use. Demands and defamations are most often based on conjecture, fear and reports that yield scientifically invalid conclusions.
Vapor Advocacy to the Rescue
I admire and salute Vaping Advocate Groups who continue the fight for fair e-cigarette and vaping product regulations and practices and ECigarette News is happy to list and define the Most Active Non-Profit Associations and Core Groups in Vaping Advocacy.
CASAA – Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association.
“to ensure the availability of effective, affordable and reduced harm alternatives to smoking by increasing public awareness and education; to encourage the testing and development of products to achieve acceptable safety standards and reasonable regulation and to promote the benefits of reduced harm alternatives.”
CASAA has been one of the most powerful, effective non-profit vaper consumer advocate groups in the United States and has been in operation since 2009. CASAA is not a “trade” association. There are over 27,000 registered members as of September 2014. The organization maintains unrivaled transparency and has a proven track record of successful campaigns.
In 2015 the California public health department began a vicious anti-e-cigarette awareness campaign and website called Still Blowing Smoke. Vaping and public health advocates challenged the validity of the California campaign, boldly exposing the lies with a nearly identical website called Not Blowing Smoke which intelligently educates the public on the science, the economic facts and the reality of ecigarette safety and use.
SFATA Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association
SFATA is the largest trade association in the e-cigarette/vaping industry providing support to manufacturers, online retailers, vape stores, distributors, importers and wholesalers.
SFATA is also an e-cigarette industry advocacy group that works with regulatory and health agencies to reinforce the distinctions between vapor products and tobacco products.
The association is pro-active promoting the potential positive long-term effects of vapor products on the public.
As of January 2015 SFATA has
-Held over 30 lobbying meetings on Capitol Hill to promote the vapor industry
– Represented the vapor industry at ten different conferences
– Exhibited and promoted advocacy at eleven industry trade shows
– Presented on behalf of the industry at nine different events worldwide
– Held the first industry conference providing strategies for dealing with the proposed deeming regulation to 141 attendees
– Rolled out Age to Vape™, the first ever age verification program designed specifically for the vapor industry, with over 220 participating vendors to date.
This non-profit is committed to protecting the rights and health of vapors by advocating for safe public use of personal vaporizers.
The VM provides a network of active, talented individuals who lead the ecig advocacy effort in each state or region, creating tools and providing information. In addition the Vaping Militia generates funding to further the cause of safe, public use of e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers.
AEMSA – American E-Liquid Manufacturers Standards Association.
An all-volunteer trade association, AEMSA is dedicated to creating “responsible and sustainable standards for the safe manufacturing of e-liquids.” The organization promotes safety and responsibility through self-regulation and independent laboratory eliquid testing.
AVA – American Vaping Association. This non-profit organization advocates for small and medium-sized businesses in the vaping and electronic cigarette industry. AVA educates the public and government officials about the financial and public health benefits of e-cigarettes and other vapor products that are inhaled.
The AVA’s president, Gregory Conley, is a consummate ecig advocate who attends hearings in state houses and local council chambers across the U.S., meeting with legislators to prevent passage of unfair vaping laws.
On Beyond FDA Rulings
The above mentioned associations and core groups are dedicated to vapers and to keeping vaping safe and legal. Even after the FDA hands down regulations on e-cigarettes, they will continue their efforts; meeting with legislators, public relations experts, scientists, and medical professionals to advocate fair legislation and to protect the rights and health of vapers.