70 PERCENT OF U.S. DOCTORS SAY E-CIGS CAN HELP PATIENTS REDUCE OR ELIMINATE SMOKING, SURVEY SAYS

Nearly Half of Physicians Surveyed Believe Vapor Products Can Reduce Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 29, 2016 – A new study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research found that the majority of U.S. physicians are “frequently discussing electronic cigarettes in a clinical context and a substantial proportion of U.S. physicians have recommended vapor products to their patients.”

The research paper, titled, “Beliefs, Practices, and Self-efficacy of U.S. Physicians Regarding Smoking Cessation and Electronic Cigarettes: A National Survey,” found that more than 70 percent of U.S. doctors indicated that e-cigs can help patients reduce or eliminate smoking, and nearly half (50 percent) believe e-cigs can reduce risk.

“The results of this survey of U.S. physicians provide further evidence for policy makers that vapor products can be a significant tool to help reduce smoking consumption, and that these devices should be embraced, rather than stifled with over-regulation and excessive taxation,” said Cap O’Rourke, president, SFATA’s board of directors. “It’s long past due that medical groups here in the U.S. embrace the leadership of their peers at Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians on the adoption of vapor products considering the 40 million American’s still smoking.”

The study also revealed that a substantial proportion of physicians recommend e-cigs to their patients who smoke despite some controversy around the devices. Additionally, approximately two-thirds (66 percent) of the physician respondents report their patients who smoke ask them about e-cigs at least some of the time, while 58 percent report they ask their patients who smoke about using e-cigs at least some of the time.

“This study shows that, across the United States, physicians are discussing electronic cigarettes with their patients who smoke,” said Andrew S. Nickels, M.D. in a press release, corresponding author of the study, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “This information serves as a call to regulators and health policy authorities that electronic cigarettes are effectively being viewed and discussed as devices intended to treat nicotine addiction in clinics across the country.”

About SFATA

Founded in 2012, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is the largest trade association in the vapor products industry with more than 1,200 members and 28 chapters located across the country, representing online retailers, brick and mortar vendors, distributors, manufacturers, professional service providers, importers and wholesalers. For more information, visit SFATA.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @SFATA. Download a copy of SFATA’s “Top 10 Vapor Facts: Demystifying Misconceptions about the Vapor Industry” by visiting http://bit.ly/toptenvaporfacts.

STATEMENT BY THE SMOKE-FREE ALTERNATIVES TRADE ASSOCIATION REGARDING STUDY ON REASONS FOR TEENS TRYING E-CIGS

STATEMENT BY THE SMOKE-FREE ALTERNATIVES TRADE ASSOCIATION REGARDING STUDY ON REASONS FOR TEENS TRYING E-CIGS

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2016 — The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade association representing and protecting the interests of the vapor industry, today issued the following statement on the study, “Reasons for Trying E-cigarettes and Risk of Continued Use,” published in the September 2016 issue of Pediatrics:

“The validity of the study is questionable because of its flawed methodology, extremely small sample size and the fact that these teens also are using combustible tobacco. Despite what the authors may hypothesize about future use, the truth is recent data from the National Institute of Health’s Monitoring the Future survey found decreases in teen smoking and e-cigs over the last two years.

“The study’s authors are disingenuous to suggest regulatory and intervention strategies needed to prevent continued e-cigarette use when the FDA just issued its final rule on the manufacturing and marketing of vapor products that prohibit their sale to anyone under the age of 18, which has increased to 21 in some states.  Furthermore, to suggest that increasing the cost of e-cigs will prevent further use is seriously misguided, and only will make vapor products less accessible to adult smokers, when a study from a team of international economists published in the peer-reviewed journal Health Economics found that tobacco taxes are not ‘proven to prevent and reduce smoking, especially among young people.’

“This study is yet another attempt to divert attention from the positive impact vapor products have had on millions of adult smokers in the U.S. and around the globe as a less harmful alternative to combustible tobacco, which is estimated to kill one billion people worldwide in this century alone.”

About SFATA

Founded in 2012, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is the largest trade association in the vapor products industry with more than 1,200 members and 28 chapters located across the country, representing online retailers, brick and mortar vendors, distributors, manufacturers, professional service providers, importers and wholesalers. For more information, visit SFATA.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @SFATA. Download a copy of SFATA’s “Top 10 Vapor Facts: Demystifying Misconceptions about the Vapor Industry” by visiting http://bit.ly/toptenvaporfacts.

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SFATA ISSUES STATEMENT ON AUGUST 8, 2016 FDA DEEMING RULE GOING INTO EFFECT

SFATA ISSUES STATEMENT ON AUGUST 8, 2016

FDA DEEMING RULE GOING INTO EFFECT

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2016 — The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade association representing and protecting the interests of the vapor industry, today issued the following statement regarding the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) final deeming rule on e-cig and vapor regulations going into effect on August 8, 2016:   

“Today the clock starts for our industry forcing thousands of small businesses to comply with the FDA’s enormously cost-prohibitive regulatory process to market their products to adult smokers and vapers.

“These regulations do nothing for public health and only will lead the nine million U.S. adult vapers back to smoking because nearly all of these significant alternatives will be wiped off the market.

“Science has confirmed that vapor products are 95 percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes, including the Royal College of Physicians, one of the world’s leading medical associations, which recently endorsed vaping as a harm reduction option.

“While we educate our membership on the FDA’s pathway process, we continue to lobby for Congressional action to change the February 15, 2007 predicate date and support legal measures that will help keep vapor products on the market as highly effective replacement tools for current vapers and the 40 million U.S. adult smokers that have not yet made the switch.”

About SFATA

Founded in 2012, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is the largest trade association in the vapor products industry with more than 1,200 members and 28 chapters located across the country, representing online retailers, brick and mortar vendors, distributors, manufacturers, professional service providers, importers and wholesalers. For more information, visit SFATA.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @SFATA. Download a copy of SFATA’s “Top 10 Vapor Facts: Demystifying Misconceptions about the Vapor Industry” by visiting http://bit.ly/toptenvaporfacts.

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SMOKE-FREE ALTERNATIVES TRADE ASSOCIATION APPOINTS THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2016 — The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade association representing and protecting the interests of the vapor industry, today announced the following new board members: Mark Anton, CEO of What a Smoke, LLC; April Meyers, president of Northeast Vapor Supplies LLC and co-president of the SFATA-Connecticut chapter; and Kat York, vice president and general counsel for Boosted E-Juice and president of the SFATA-Colorado chapter.

“Each of these new board members are passionate advocates for the vaping industry, bringing unique skill sets to our board,” said Cap O’Rourke, SFATA’s board president. “Their collective experience ranging from product testing and standards to litigation and communications clearly will benefit SFATA as we look to improve transparency and help our members navigate the current regulatory and political landscape.”

Following is information on the new directors:

Mark Anton has been involved in the vapor industry since 2008 and is CEO of What a Smoke, LLC, an e-cig manufacturer and distributor. He also serves as a principal investigator on a government contract to develop a standardized e-cigarette for research.

April Meyers is the president of Northeast Vapor Supplies LLC, operating retail locations and manufacturing in Connecticut. She also serves as co-president of the SFATA-Connecticut chapter. Meyers is active on the state and federal levels, educating legislators and testifying on behalf of the vaping industry. Her experience includes corporate financial communications and managing large trade show events.

Katharine “Kat” York is the vice president and general counsel for Boosted E-Juice, an e-liquid manufacturing company based in Denver, Colorado. She is also president of the SFATA-Colorado chapter. York is an attorney who worked in a boutique plaintiff’s litigation firm before joining Boosted full time in 2015. York has in-depth knowledge of the legal and regulatory challenges that vapor products face at national, state and local levels.

About SFATA

Founded in 2012, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is the largest trade association in the vapor products industry with 1,000 members and 22 chapters located across the country, representing online retailers, brick and mortar vendors, distributors, manufacturers, importers and wholesalers. For more information, visit SFATA.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @SFATA. Download a copy of SFATA’s “Top 10 Vapor Facts: Demystifying Misconceptions about the Vapor Industry” by visiting http://bit.ly/toptenvaporfacts.

SMOKE-FREE ALTERNATIVES TRADE ASSOCIATION EXCEEDS 1,000 BUSINESS MEMBERS, GROWS TO 27 STATE CHAPTERS

Largest Trade Association for the Vapor Industry
Uniting the Voice of Small Business

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2016 — The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade association representing and protecting the interests of the vapor industry, today announced it has grown to more than 1,000 business members while establishing 27 local chapters in 25 states throughout the country.

“We are proud to continue to represent the small businesses that primarily make up our industry, which is creating jobs and billions of dollars in revenues and economic activity,” said Cynthia Cabrera, president and executive director of SFATA. “Advocating with a united and informed voice at the state and federal levels is paramount to the industry’s success, and we are committed to providing the resources to help our organization’s members navigate the increasingly difficult regulatory and legislative environments.”

Founded in 2012 with only a handful of members, SFATA today has grown into the largest vapor trade association, supported by businesses across the entire supply chain, including online retailers, brick and mortar vendors, distributors, manufacturers, professional service providers, importers and wholesalers.

SFATA also maintains committees comprised of members and leading industry thought leaders, including political, regulatory policy advisors, as well as top academics and scientists. The association also retains the foremost legal and public relations firms nationally, and employs top-tier state and federal lobbyists to advocate for the industry and educate legislators, health and regulatory agencies, and media, on vaping products.

“As we fight regressive policies that threaten our industry and the lives of smokers by treating vapor products, which contain no tobacco, more harshly than combustible cigarettes, it is vital now more than ever that the industry come together to fight for the preservation of this category, and not let the FDA hand the industry over to big tobacco,” added Cabrera.

For a full list of state chapters, visit http://sfata.org/local-chapters/. To inquire about starting a chapter, contact info@sfata.org.

About SFATA

Founded in 2012, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is the largest trade association in the vapor products industry with more than 1000 members and 27 chapters located across the country, representing online retailers, brick and mortar vendors, distributors, manufacturers, professional service providers, importers and wholesalers. For more information, visit SFATA.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @SFATA. Download a copy of SFATA’s “Top 10 Vapor Facts: Demystifying Misconceptions about the Vapor Industry” by visiting http://bit.ly/toptenvaporfacts.