With the FDA’s Deeming Regulations in effect, it’s time to get to know these vaping advocacy groups and start doing what we can to support their efforts. Please click on the links to learn more about what you can do.
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association
CASAA organizes political actions at the local, state and federal levels to support laws and policies that protect the use of harm-reducing tobacco alternatives. For example, members in Boise, ID and Alameda, CA convinced their respective town councils to reconsider bans on public vaping. In Seattle, WA, CASAA members successfully lobbied the local housing authority to allow vaping in new developments. The 120,000 registered members of CASAA are public health professionals, government officials and vaping enthusiasts who believe that e-cigs can have a positive impact on America.
Since 2009, CASAA has maintained a blog that chronicles the evolving laws surrounding e-cigs in the United States. CASAA has often been at the forefront of policy change and creation; they are currently gathering support for a national petition to congress in support of a bill to protect the e-cig market from overbearing FDA regulations.
CASAA also recently released the results of a survey conducted from November to December 2015, which concluded that 87% of participants quit smoking entirely with the help of e-cigs. This was the largest e-cig survey to date with a total of 27,343 participants.
The American Vaping Association
The AVA is a coalition of vapers and small-to-medium-sized business owners that aims to educate consumers and government officials about the economic and public health benefits provided by the vaping industry. When it comes to creating a vape-friendly world, changing hearts and minds is just as important as changing laws, which is why AVA collects testimonials from e-cig users whose lives have improved thanks to harm-reducing tobacco alternatives. AVA was established in New Jersey at the end of 2013 with “the purpose of positive media advocacy for vaping and electronic cigarettes.” Headlines like “Vaping saved my life, which in turn saved 4 others” provide a human perspective to why e-cigs should be protected. Current AVA president, Greg Conley, has thoroughly covered the development of the FDA’s Deeming Regulations and their projected impact on all vapers.
TENNESSEE SMOKE FREE ASSOCIATION (TSFA)
The Tennessee Smoke Free Association is an advocacy group and trade organization with a focus on Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) through the use of personal vaporizers (electronic cigarettes) and other smokeless tobacco products shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with smoking. We focus on the prevention of tobacco harm and seek to cooperate with the Tennessee Health Agencies to function for the greater health of the Tennessee public as well as monitoring the legislation for or against our movement of tobacco harm reduction.
The TSFA was formed in 2014 to provide support and education regarding alternative methods of THR after seeing many years of failed attempts by our public health agencies to reduce smoking rates in the region.