After the federal government officially shut down on Tuesday, October 1st at 12:01AM EST for the first time in 17 years, the Smoke Free Alternative Trade Association (SFATA) made the decision to reschedule its first-ever Fly-In Event to November 4th & 5th.
Since the House of Representatives and Senate have not been able to reach an agreement to fund the federal government and President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, Washington D.C.’s elected officials focus and attention has been reassigned to finding a solution to this urgent national matter. Until elected officials agree on a budget and bill that will reinstate more than 800,000 federal jobs in the United States and fund the governments new healthcare law, SFATA members believe it is in the e-cigarette businesses best interest to postpone this event for another month. SFATA does not want to host such a monumental event in the mist of a government meltdown, as it may affect the turn out of elected officials as well as the final outcome of the entire two-day event.
Although this may come as bad news to many eager e-cigarette advocates, SFATA is looking at this as another opportunity to spread the truth about electronic cigarettes and the industries need for sensible regulation. SFATA members and e-cigarette advocates have about a month until the events new rescheduled date—in the mean time, advocates can voice their concerns about potential stifling regulation and show support and enthusiasm for the e-cigarette industry.
Over the next few weeks, pay close attention to SFATA’s blog, Twitter page and official Facebook Fan Page for informative data and calls-to-actions regarding the Fly-In event and how e-cigarette business owners and advocates can help make this event a success.