Let’s face it, vaping is under attack. Government regulations threaten the industry on national, state, and local levels in the United States, and our friends in Europe and Asia are fighting the same fight we are. Taking on governments is no easy task – particularly if you’re just an individual – but there are organizations out there working to protect the industry and your ability to vape. Don’t just sit on the sidelines while these decisions are made – consider teaming up with these four groups working to protect your vaping rights.
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association was founded in 2009 and is an official 501(4)(c) non-profit organization with over 200,000 members (membership is free). They are “dedicated to ensuring the availability of reduced harm alternatives to smoking and to providing smokers and non-smokers alike with honest information about those alternatives so that they can make informed choices.”
CASAA is a consumer organization, not a trade organization, so membership is open to individuals. Because of this, CASAA has a rule that only 33.33% of the board members can have industry ties. This is in order to prevent industry concerns overshadowing the issues facing consumers.
The org’s website is full of information – including calls to action to alert members to ongoing legislation issues.
To learn more and join, go here.
The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association is – as the name suggests – a trade organization devoted to “advocating for a reasonably regulated US marketplace that which allows our member companies to provide smoke-free products to adult consumers that are an attractive choice, while promoting a positive public image for vapor products and educating businesses in our industry.”
SFATA advocates for vaping businesses – ensuring their right to offer products to the public. So, while they may not be a consumer-based organization like CASAA, the work they do has an impact on individuals as well as companies.
Like CASAA, this non-profit features a website filled with valuable information about the industry and legislative actions.
To join SFATA, click here.
Notblowingsmoke.org currently feels like a very California-centric advocacy group, but a quick perusal of their gofundme page highlights the fact that they have some bigger things in store in the near future.
This is another non-profit 501c(6) organization dedicated to fighting for vapers across the country, particularly on the west coast. Its board is led by Stefan Didak, and features some prominent figures from the vaping community.
The organization’s website features calls to action regarding current legislation (particularly in California), informative articles, and more. You can donate to help support the cause at the gofundme address above.
Check out the Notblowingsmoke.org site.
American Vaping Association
The American Vaping Association (AVA) is an industry group that advocates using vapor products and e-cigarettes to help smokers quit. Gregory Conley — an industry advocate for nearly a decade — founded the organization.
The AVA is another 501(c)4 non-profit organization, with a web presence filled with informative articles about issues facing both the community and industry, as well as updates about research into the effects of vaping and a mailing list to keep up to date with their latest initiatives.
So, as you can see, there are numerous groups out there fighting on your behalf. Show your support by signing up today!