Today we will be writing about The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) and The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA). These are two extremely influential and important organizations that all vapers should know about!
Chances are, you've heard the acronyms being thrown around in the local vape-shops you visit. Maybe you've seen their booth at vaping-conventions. The point of todays post is to give our readers a brief overview of these organizations and their impact on the vaping community.
The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA)
The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association represents a wide cross section of the “Smoke- Free” or vapor products, industry including distributors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers of Personal Electronic Vaporizing Units such as electronic cigarettes and the liquid solutions they contain. The vapor products industry is the embodiment of the American Dream; built by entrepreneurs and visionaries, this industry has grown organically and become a vibrant mutli-billion dollar industry that is constantly innovating the creating.
Our long-term goal is the promotion of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes as separate and distinct from tobacco. SFATA believes appropriate and proportionate regulation is pivotal to the success of the industry. We support the implementation of high quality standards of manufacturing and quality control and believe these standards should form the basis of a reasonable regulatory scheme for vapor products.
In other words, SFATA has one goal, and that goal is to promote vapor products, and most importantly, to keep them separate and distinct from tobacco. SFATA has also developed a list of distinct statements / principles that SFATA Members are highly encouraged to follow! Most importantly, SFATA warns consumers and retailers to not sell or market tobacco alternative products to minors. While many states have not set a legal age requirement for purchasing electronic cigarettes, SFATA recommends following the same laws that prevent minors from purchasing tobacco products in their respective states and jurisdictions. SFATA and its' members also support not making any health or cessation claims until there is scientific proof to support the arguments. Those were just a few of the principles! You can find the rest and more information about SFATA here.
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA)
Our mission is 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 regulations; and to promote the benefits of reduced harm alternatives.
That is the CASAA mission statement. CASAA is involved in the protection and promotion of reduced harm alternatives on a Federal, State, and Local level. In 2009, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) became a law. This gave the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) the power and authority to regulate manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect the public’s health. Electronic cigarettes are included in this law, but CASAA and several other pro-vaping organizations are arguing that the Tobacco Control Act defines a "tobacco product" as "any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption...", therefore e-cigs should not be included and regulated by the FDA within the rules of the Tobacco Control Act.
On a state-level, CASAA is involved in campaigning against Indoor Use Bans, State Tobacco Taxes, and Sales Bans. The best part is, CASAA has been successful with many different of these campaigns in several states across the U.S! Interested in being involved with CASAA? Find out how here!
We hope the information we have collected has helped you understand the vital roles that both SFATA and CASAA play in the fight against the FDA and big tobacco! Thank you for reading! Below we have left a list of links you can visit to further read on the topics we mentioned today!