Advocacy

 

The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association


CASAA is a non-profit organization whose board is comprised entirely of volunteers. Started in 2009, membership now exceeds 200,000 individuals. CASAA is free to join and is an excellent resource for keeping current with calls to action across the country. On their website you can also find names for your local political representatives with contact information. 


The American Vaping Association


According to  their website, “the  American Vaping Association is a non-profit advocacy group that champions the use of vapor products and electronic cigarettes to help smokers quit.”  Greg Conley, a former legislative affairs advisor to CASAA, now serves as the acting president. Mr. Conley is a very outspoken advocate for the vape industry, often speaking with media and various health organizations. The AVA provides support to national, state and local non-profits as well as businesses in the industry.


Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association


Formed in 2009 and based in Washington, D.C., SFATA is a leading trade advocation in the electronic cigarette industry. The group’s focus is to advocate for the electronic cigarett industry, made up of e-cigarette producers, distributors and retailers. SFATA is active with public relations, providing accurate information about electronic cigarettes. They work with the media and policy makers as well as other opinion leaders. 


Ohio Vapor Trade Association


OHVTA was formed in 2014 as an Ohio advocacy group for businesses and consumers. They are a non-profit organization whose goal is to “protect the ability of Ohio based consumers of e-vapor products to continue to buy those products in Ohio, from Ohio based businesses.”


Vapor Technology Association


Based in Washington, DC, the VTA represents manufacturers, wholesalers and small business owners who have developed innovative and quality vapor products. Their goals are to promote greater public health through smart regulations and to dispel distorted and misleading information about vapor products. The VTA also strives to protect small business owners and their employees by ensuring the long-term viability of the vapor industry and keep the market open and competitive.


American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association


AEMSA is a manufacturers’ trade associaiton that is “dedicated to creating responsible and sustainable standards for the safe manufacturing of e-liquids”. The organization is comprised of volunteers whose goal is to promote safety through self-regulation.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration


The FDA now classifies electronic cigarettes as ENDs (Electronic Nicotine Devices). Accoding to the FDA, they are considered to be noncombustible tobacco products. This link will take you to the FDA website page that discusses ENDs and the deeming regulations. Periodically, the FDA will also ask for comments from consumers.