Welcome to SFATA!

The Voice of the Vapor Products Industry

Representing small and mid-sized businesses in the vapor industry,
including vape stores ,manufacturers, importers and distributors.
SFATA has never received “big tobacco” funding and is maintained through
dues and donations of the businesses it serves.

"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment
by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."


Louis Brandeis
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
1856-1941

What We Do

As the largest and leading trade association in the vapor and e-cig industry we are committed to its’ continued growth and expansion.  We represent the interests of the non-big tobacco supply chain, including manufacturers, online retailers, brick and mortar vape stores, distributors, importers and wholesalers.

Membership in SFATA gives you access to information and knowledge, helps you gain political clout and experience, enhances your reputation, helps you make personal and business connections and has the potential to increase your purchasing power.

  • Members can attend year-round meetings, webinars and conferences about FDA challenges, legal concerns and vital business issues
  • Members can participate (or initiate) local chapters around the country
  • We provide access to industry research, white papers and articles
  • Members receive monthly newsletters containing vital information, notices about upcoming events and opportunities and roundups of the vapor industry including news stories, press releases and blogs

The vapor industry is fighting many battles but strength in numbers is vital to presenting a unified and organized front.  Protect your business, join SFATA and join forces.

Principles

SFATA is committed to best practices and to providing an alternative to combusted tobacco products for adult smokers:

  • SFATA and its members sell only to adults
  • SFATA and its members have not and do not market to minors
  • SFATA and its members support a national age standard on the sale of vapor products and e-liquids

Further, SFATA has instituted the following standards in order to assure vapor products are appropriately marketed, packaged, and sold:

  • SFATA and its members do not make any health or cessation marketing claims not appropriately supported by science
  • SFATA and its members support packaging all e-liquids in child resistant caps, consistent with the Poison Prevention Packaging Act
  • SFATA and its members support appropriate labeling – including nicotine strength, ingredient listing, and all appropriate warnings

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Advocacy

We support the vapor industry, open vapor products, the flavored and e-liquids used in those products by providing public support for the policies that benefit the industry.

  • We engage lobbyists at the federal and state levels to assist us in educating lawmakers and their staff
  • We work with regulatory and health agencies to reinforce the distinctions between vapor products and tobacco products and the potential positive long-term effects of vapor products on the public
  • Members receive valuable training so that they can effectively participate in SFATA “Fly-Ins” to Capitol Hill.  These events provide an opportunity for members to meet their representatives, share business concerns and plans and establish relationships
  • We issue “Calls to Action” about potentially threatening legislation in your area and provide the information you need to engage your elected officials
  • We collaborate strategically with advocates and consumer groups to promote education, fair legislation and regulation

Upcoming Events

Events
  1. •JAN• 28 WED
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    TPC 2015

    Las Vegas Convention Center

  2. •FEB• 28 SAT
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    VCCT2015

    Tampa Convention Center

  3. •MAR• 06 FRI
    See event

    Vapefest

    Flamingo Hotel

  4. •MAR• 13 FRI
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    VAPE BLAST 2015

    Fort Worth Convention Center

  5. •MAR• 20 FRI
    See event

    Vaperslam

    Benton Convention Center

  6. •APR• 22 WED
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    NATO Show

    Paris Hotel

Industry News

Industry News
  • E-Cigarettes: Rush To Regulate Could Destroy Effective Alternative
    E-Cigarettes: Rush To Regulate Could Destroy Effective Alternative

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Last week, several organizations [...]

    E-Cigarettes: Rush To Regulate Could Destroy Effective Alternative
    E-Cigarettes: Rush To Regulate Could Destroy Effective Alternative

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Last week, several organizations sent a joint letter to the President, asking him to order the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promptly assert authority over all tobacco products not currently under its jurisdiction. The organizations imply that the delay is resulting in negative health consequences. However, they never mention any specific consequences, and for a good reason: They are proposing a “solution” where no problem exists. Instead, enacting regulations without sufficient scientific evidence has [...]

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  • Drumbeat Intensifies for Electronic Cigarette Regulations
    Drumbeat Intensifies for Electronic Cigarette Regulations

    Federal and state officials are pushing for a [...]

    Drumbeat Intensifies for Electronic Cigarette Regulations
    Drumbeat Intensifies for Electronic Cigarette Regulations

    Federal and state officials are pushing for a rapid end to the current laissez faire regulatory environment for electronic cigarettes, which is characterized by hundreds of companies vying for customers with diverse device and flavor options. The Food and Drug Administration is preparing draft regulations, with a target release date sometime in October, for the battery-powered vapor machines marketed as a healthy alternative to carcinogen-packed conventional cigarettes. If the FDA chooses to apply the Tobacco Control Act of 2009 [...]

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  • Comparison of the effects of e-cigarette vapor and cigarette smoke on indoor air quality
    Comparison of the effects of e-cigarette vapor and cigarette smoke on indoor air quality

    For all byproducts measured, electronic cigarettes produce very [...]

    Comparison of the effects of e-cigarette vapor and cigarette smoke on indoor air quality
    Comparison of the effects of e-cigarette vapor and cigarette smoke on indoor air quality

    For all byproducts measured, electronic cigarettes produce very small exposures relative to tobacco cigarettes. The study indicates no apparent risk to human health from e-cigarette emissions based on the compounds analyzed. http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/08958378.2012.724728

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  • New Study: No Evidence E-Cigs Cause Cell Damage or Death by Klaus Kneale
    New Study: No Evidence E-Cigs Cause Cell Damage or Death by Klaus Kneale

    A new study in the medical journalInhalation Toxicology has [...]

    New Study: No Evidence E-Cigs Cause Cell Damage or Death by Klaus Kneale
    New Study: No Evidence E-Cigs Cause Cell Damage or Death by Klaus Kneale

    A new study in the medical journalInhalation Toxicology has found that 20 out of 21 electronic cigarette brands showed no signs of cytotoxicity (that is, toxicity that causes cell damage or death). http://www.ecigadvanced.com/blog/study-no-evidence-electronic-cigarettes-cause-cell-damage-death/

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  • A Changing World: All Three Major U.S. Tobacco Companies Have Now Entered the Electronic Cigarette Market
    A Changing World: All Three Major U.S. Tobacco Companies Have Now Entered the Electronic Cigarette Market

    Reflecting massive changes in the U.S. tobacco space, [...]

    A Changing World: All Three Major U.S. Tobacco Companies Have Now Entered the Electronic Cigarette Market
    A Changing World: All Three Major U.S. Tobacco Companies Have Now Entered the Electronic Cigarette Market

    Reflecting massive changes in the U.S. tobacco space, all three major U.S. tobacco companies – Altria, Reynolds American, and Lorillard – have all entered the electronic cigarette market. http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-changing-world-all-three-major-us.html

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  • Action on Smoking and Health Fact Sheet
    Action on Smoking and Health Fact Sheet

    ASH has commissioned surveys on e-cigarette use starting [...]

    Action on Smoking and Health Fact Sheet
    Action on Smoking and Health Fact Sheet

    ASH has commissioned surveys on e-cigarette use starting in 2010 with a  survey of smokers, followed in February 2012 and 2013 by surveys of all adults and in March 2013 with a survey of children aged 11 to 18. http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_891.pdf

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  • Dr. Nitzkn on E-Cigs as Harm Reduction
    Dr. Nitzkn on E-Cigs as Harm Reduction

    Chair member for the Tobacco Control Task Force [...]

    Dr. Nitzkn on E-Cigs as Harm Reduction
    Dr. Nitzkn on E-Cigs as Harm Reduction

    Chair member for the Tobacco Control Task Force for the American Association of Public Health Physicians, Dr. Joel Nitzkin, has the prestigious honor of being one of the most prominent and respected voices in tobacco research. Dr. Nitzkin gave an interview on the effects of electronic cigarettes and how important it is for federal safety organizations to bridge the gap with industry leaders to dispel myths. The good doctor gave his nod of approval for electronic cigarettes, expressing that [...]

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  • SFATA debuts at 2012 NACS Trade Show
    SFATA debuts at 2012 NACS Trade Show

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Miami, Florida (September 18, 2012)—The [...]

    SFATA debuts at 2012 NACS Trade Show
    SFATA debuts at 2012 NACS Trade Show

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Miami, Florida (September 18, 2012)—The recently chartered Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) attends its first trade show at the Association of Convenience and Fuel Retailing Conference (NACS) on October 8, 2012 in Las Vegas where it looks to introduce its program and attract new members. SFATA is the only association in the smoke free alternatives industry that represents a wide cross section of all segments including distributors, manufacturers, retailers, and end users in order to address [...]

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  • SFATA Dispells Rumors and Inaccuracies
    SFATA Dispells Rumors and Inaccuracies

    The recently chartered Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association [...]

    SFATA Dispells Rumors and Inaccuracies
    SFATA Dispells Rumors and Inaccuracies

    The recently chartered Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) has been actively gaining momentum with its new membership launch, up to date independent research distribution and direct communication with the Food and Drug Administration in its efforts to carry out its overall mission to educate, advocate, and generate interest for the electronic cigarette industry and the international vaping community. As the group rapidly gains interest from many of its peers and associates and expands its membership, a few of [...]

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  • The Future of E-Cig and the Tobacco Industry
    The Future of E-Cig and the Tobacco Industry

    According to a survey by the Wells Fargo [...]

    The Future of E-Cig and the Tobacco Industry
    The Future of E-Cig and the Tobacco Industry

    According to a survey by the Wells Fargo Securities Tobacco Talk, electronic cigarettes just might stand a fighting chance in the tobacco industry. Retailers and wholesalers alike are thoroughly impressed with the e-cig product and even more with their revenues. While the business waits for regulation by the Food and Drug Administration, sales have skyrocketed up to $350 million, so far. Murray Kessler, the CEO of Lorillard, Inc., says that with very little effort, the industry is predicted to [...]

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  • Anti-Smoking Laws in Eastern Europe
    Anti-Smoking Laws in Eastern Europe

    When Hungary imposed a public smoking ban in [...]

    Anti-Smoking Laws in Eastern Europe
    Anti-Smoking Laws in Eastern Europe

    When Hungary imposed a public smoking ban in 2010, the country probably never realized that the move could make way for an entirely new product to take over. Now, electronic cigarettes are outselling traditional cigarettes all over Eastern Europe. Hungary’s public smoking law bans smoking on all public transport, in hospitals, airports, and in all government buildings. It was eventually extended to barring smoking in workplaces, club, pubs, restaurants, and underpasses for bus stops in January of 2012. Why? [...]

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  • World Health Organization “No Tobacco Day”
    World Health Organization “No Tobacco Day”

    The World Health Organization declared Thursday, May 31st [...]

    World Health Organization “No Tobacco Day”
    World Health Organization “No Tobacco Day”

    The World Health Organization declared Thursday, May 31st to be “World No Tobacco Day”. Their goal? One day where the entire world refrained from tobacco consumption. While their intent is good, WHO’s message could save far more lives if they were to account for harm reduction products. Like the FDA, the World Health Organization has taken the stance that no tobacco is good tobacco. It’s true that refraining from nicotine altogether is the best option; but, contrary to WHO’s [...]

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