SFATA ISSUES STATEMENT ON TEEN E-CIG USE

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2016 — The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade association representing and managing the interests of the vapor industry, issued the following statement regarding a new study titled, “Pediatric Exposure to E-Cigarettes, Nicotine, and Tobacco Products in the United States,” published in the May 2016 issue of  Journal of Pediatrics, reporting that nicotine exposures among children under the age of 6 increased from January 2012 to April 2015.

“New data from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital on nicotine exposures among children is dangerously misleading. In fact, e-cig nicotine exposures are actually declining. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, exposures among youth decreased 20 percent from 2014 and 2015, and for the first 3 months of 2016, exposures were down by more than 33 percent from the same period in 2015. Additionally, these numbers should continue to decrease following the adoption of child-resistant packaging, which was signed into law in January 2016, and already being adopted by the vapor industry.

“Both the authors of the research and the publication’s peer-review editorial board should have been well aware of this data before publishing this research, which was accepted in March 2016. Also, further calling for (packaging) regulations when the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act was signed into law in January 2016 makes it clear that the reporting of this data is disingenuous, and was crafted to further stigmatize and demonize the vapor industry that has helped 9 million smokers switch to what science says is more than 95 percent less harmful than smoking.”

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 1,100 members and 19 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 visitinghttp://bit.ly/toptenvaporfacts.

SFATA ISSUES STATEMENT ON FDA’S FINAL DEEMING RULE

Largest Vapor Trade Association Says New Regulations Problematic

President and Executive Director Cynthia Cabrera Available for Media Interviews

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2016 — The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade association representing and managing 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:

“As the Royal College of Physicians, one of the world’s leading medical associations, recently released its historic report endorsing vaping as a harm reduction option, stating that regulations should not inhibit the development or use of vapor products, the FDA today issued its final rule classifying vapor products as tobacco, essentially banning 99 percent of all vapor products on the market as a result of the February 15, 2007 predicate date.

“Although the FDA states it has found a vapor product on the market in 2006, it has yet to be determined whether the far more technologically advanced vapor products on the market today can be considered substantially equivalent to that product.

“Our industry has a long history of supporting sensible science-based regulations, including license requirements, as well as banning sales to minors and adopting child-resistant packaging. Today’s final rule pulls the rug out from the nine million smokers who have switched to vaping, putting them in jeopardy of returning back to smoking, which kills 480,000 Americans each year and costs the U.S. more than $300 billion in annual health care expenses.

“These new regulations create an enormously cost-prohibitive regulatory process for manufacturers to market their products to adult smokers and vapers. It also limits access to the 40 million adult smokers in the U.S. yet to make the switch to vaping and cripples a multi-billion dollar job-creating industry, the majority of which are made of small businesses.

“Since a growing body of scientific evidence confirm that vapor products are more than 95 percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes, it is essential that Congressional action be taken so vapor products can remain on the market as highly effective replacement tools for smokers. The only viable option at this time is to change the predicate with federal legislation, such as H.R. 2058 (aka Cole Bill), as well as a recent bi-partisan amendment introduced by U.S. Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) that recently passed the House Appropriations Committee, so that a more reasonable substantial equivalency pathway to market is created.”

Editor’s Note: To schedule an interview with SFATA’s President and Executive Director, Cynthia Cabrera, reporters can e-mail press@sfata.org or calling George Medici or Matt Sheldon at 310.279.5980.

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 800 members and 19 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.

SFATA PRESIDENT CYNTHIA CABRERA TO SPEAK AT FDLI CONFERENCE

Panel Discussion to Address Claims Regarding ‘Circumstantial’ Implications
Of Vapor Products Being Less Harmful Than Combustible Tobacco

Cabrera Says Media Play Important Role on Disseminating Information to Consumers,
Points to Media Checklist for Scientific Reporting of Vapor Studies

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 3, 2016 – Cynthia Cabrera, president and executive director of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), will be joined by Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, and others, serving on a May 5th panel discussion at this year’s Food and Drug Law Institute’s (FDLI) annual conference being held at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“Scientific research consistently indicates that vapor products offer dramatically reduced exposure to chemicals of concern than smoking,” said Cabrera. “The Tobacco Act, however, prohibits manufacturers of vapor products from informing consumers of these evidence-based facts, for instance in the labels of the products.”

This policy may be in violation of First Amendment rights, and contradicts the concept of ‘continuum of risk,’ which is also central to the Tobacco Act. Smokers should have access to truthful and non-misleading information, especially if this policy means they must rely on third-party sources such as the media to help inform their choice of whether to continue smoking or whether to choose non-combusted vapor products as substitutes.

FDA recently settled a major First Amendment lawsuit with Amarin Corp. over the off-label promotion of a drug. FDA agreed to be bound by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York’s August 7, 2015 decision saying Amarin Corp. may engage in “truthful and non-misleading speech” promoting the off-label use of its Vascepa drug as a treatment of persistently high triglycerides.

To help ensure accurate reporting of scientific studies, SFATA has provided recommendations reporters may refer to when considering stories based on the research of vapor products, organized in three primary areas:

  • Comparing patterns of use between combustible cigarettes and vapor products;
  • Demonstrating efficacy among adult smokers interested in switching to vapor products; and
  • Considering intended use among adult smokers and vapers.

Media can download a copy of SFATA’s guidelines by visiting http://sfata.org/vapor-study-reporter-checklist, as well as send an e-mail to press@sfata.org to obtain the checklist or to arrange an interview with one of its scientific advisory board members.

“Research is critical as the vapor category evolves and it is essential that findings being reported are not taken out of context, allowing smokers and vapers to make educated decisions when considering alternatives to combustible cigarettes,” added Cabrera. “Our team of leading researchers, academics and physicians also can provide a useful resource for journalists covering the science of vapor.”

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 800 members and 19 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.

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U.S. HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ADOPTS AMENDMENT TO MOVE FDA PREDICATE DATE FOR VAPOR PRODUCTS

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2016 — The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade association representing and managing the interests of the vapor industry, today issued the following statement regarding the House Appropriations Committee adopting an amendment (31-19) to the Agricultural and Rural Development Appropriations bill to change the predicate date for vapor products to the effective date of the FDA’s final rule:

“Today is a good day for the vapor industry in the effort to help reduce the public harm caused by smoking, specifically because it helps protect the consumer-driven innovations made in the vapor industry over the past several years,” said Cynthia Cabrera, president and executive director of SFATA. “While the work is not yet done, we will continue to work with Congress to protect the rights of businesses and consumers in the manufacturing and use of vapor products, ensuring that these products stay on the market as effective replacement tools against smoking.”

“We want to thank all House members that voted in favor of the amendment, particularly U.S. Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) for introducing this bi-partisan legislation,” added Cabrera. “Today’s amendment is a first solid step in the effort to reduce the public harm caused by smoking as we await the FDA’s final deeming regulations.”

The FDA’s e-cigarette deeming regulations, which are entering the final approval stage and currently being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), have the potential to create a de-facto ban on nearly all vapor products currently on the market if the February 15, 2007 “grandfather date” is left intact. The Tobacco Control Act requires a prohibitively costly pre-market authorization for each new tobacco product sold after February 15, 2007 that would include “newly deemed” products like vapor products as proposed by the FDA.

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 800 members and 19 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.

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SFATA ISSUES STATEMENT ON CDC REPORT ON TEEN TOBACCO USE

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14, 2016 — Cynthia Cabrera, president and executive director for the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade association representing and managing the interests of the vapor industry, today issued the following statement regarding data published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, reporting no decline in overall youth tobacco use since 2011 and a rise in the use of e-cigs:

“We believe that this data may be incorrect since the National Institute of Health’s Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey actually found decreases in teen smoking and e-cig use between 2014 and 2015. Nevertheless, while it is concerning that youth continue to experiment with all tobacco products including e-cigs, it is imperative that parents and guardians talk to their children about not using adult products. Vapor products are intended for adults only and we continue to vigorously support legislation to prevent underage use. We also welcome the idea of working with advocacy organizations to safeguard against underage access to these products while ensuring their accessibility to adult smokers.

“Vapor products do not contain tobacco, and an estimated 9 million former adult smokers in the U.S. alone have switched to vaping as a way of moving away from smoking cigarettes. In fact, the majority of the scientific community agrees vapor products are a significantly less harmful alternative to smoking, which is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S., costing the country more than $300 billion in annual healthcare costs and 480,000 lives each year.

“Similarly, the CDC’s own data confirm that vapor products are contributing to the reduction in the number of adult combusted cigarette smokers in the U.S. It is vital that we have sensible regulation that embraces vaping as a solution to the public harms caused by smoking, rather than stifling an industry that will only benefit big tobacco.”

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 800 members and 19 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: