SFATA E-cig Advocate

SFATA’s First-Ever Fly-In Event Rescheduled For November

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.


How Do Tobacco-Free Hiring Policies Affect E-Cigarette Users?

Have you heard about the latest trend affecting professionals in the healthcare industry? Many hospitals and medical institutions across the United States are refusing to hire individuals who use tobacco products. One of the biggest clinics in the country, the Mayo Clinic, is likely to have started this trend in 2007. Other major health care institutions, including the Baylor Health Care System in Texas, followed suit shortly after, banning tobacco use among employees in 2012. The Orlando Sentinel reported earlier this year that the Orlando health group, which operates seven different hospitals, implemented a tobacco-free hiring policy in April. Penn State University’s medical centers also implemented the same policy just two months ago.

According to these organizations, the goal behind implementing tobacco-free hiring policies is to improve the overall health of its workforce while reducing health care benefit costs and increasing productivity. Although this position may make sense to some, many e-cigarette advocates are pointing out that there is a thin line between wanting the best for your employees and dictating the way they live their lives. When did it become acceptable to treat tobacco products as an illegal substance? Many e-cigarette advocates are posing that question because of the widespread popularly of this new hiring rule. The truth is, everyone does things in their private life that may negatively affect their health. We all have our vices — some drink too much when they go out with friends, some overeat, and some do not exercise as much as they should. Regardless, those aren’t reasons to implement controlling policies in the workplace that essentially infringe on people’s freedoms.

As this new hiring policy becomes the standard among medical institutions, many e-cigarette users and advocates are wondering whether it will affect them. Will this hiring trend spread into other industries? Depending on what state you live in, the chances are no. According to an NY Times article written earlier this year, “29 states and the District of Columbia passed laws, with the strong backing of the tobacco lobby and the American Civil Liberties Union, that prohibit discrimination against smokers or those who use ‘lawful products.’” The downside is that most of these state laws exclude health care industries.

Fortunately for e-cigarettes users, these tobacco-free hiring policies should not affect them at all. E-Cigarettes contain zero or less than one percent tobacco and produce no actual smoke, marking these hiring policies irrelevant to e-cig users. In addition, e-cigarette users should feel even more at ease knowing that these tobacco-free hiring workplaces reference tobacco products and traditional cigarettes and do not mention e-cigarettes at all.

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