We know we’re asking a lot in trying to enlist your help to prevent misguided lobbying groups from making Americans casualties of the war on smoking, but you don’t have to take our word for it.
New CDC Data Suggest E-Cigarettes Are Helping Smokers Quit – from Reason magazine, a critical analysis of the data CDC doesn’t want you to read for yourself (stick to the headlines – they’re more catchy).
E-Cigarette Hysteria is Hazardous to Your Health – This piece from former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona discusses the report from Public Health England finding that vaping is dramatically less harmful than smoking and where to go from here.
The Independent Review of Evidence by Public Health England raised eyebrows last year as a nearly full-fledged endorsement of vaping as a method of harm reduction in current smokers. This review received little attention in the United States, but it is currently the most comprehensive look at this new technology by experts. In the United States, researchers like Stanton Glantz seem to be coming up with a completely different set of results by cherry-picking data.
How and Why I Changed My Mind on E-Cigarettes – Jim McManus, a UK tobacco control expert, shares his thoughts on vaping.
E-Cigarettes Save Lives – Written by the former director of WHO Tobacco Control, Dr. Derek Yach, a stinging overview of where the public health community is going wrong.
Congress Needs to Fix FDA Vapor Rule – this article by Phil Kerpen explains how FDA intends to treat vapor products (hint: cigarettes get a free pass) and why it will destroy small businesses, jobs, and public health.
E-cig reporting: What went wrong? – Bradley Fikes, a reporter with the San Diego Union-Tribune, takes a hard look at the poor quality of reporting on much of the pseudo-science surrounding vaping.
Still not convinced? We encourage you to read these testimonials from real people whose lives have been changed for the better. Nearly 8,000 vapers have told their story – before they’re forced back to smoking, don’t you owe them a few minutes of your time to listen?
Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) was formed in 2009 by members of an online forum and as of November 2015, has over 120,000 registered members. The organization is led by a board of consumers, with a separate board of advisors ranging from longtime tobacco harm reduction advocates to respected tobacco researchers. CASAA is a 501(c)(4) non-profit and is run on an all-volunteer basis save for one paid employee who handles various administrative functions for the organization.
Smoke-free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is a trade organization founded in 2012 comprised of small and medium size retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers. The organization has consistently supported bans on sales of vapor products to minors, and its ‘Age to Vape’ program provides free signage identifying participating vendors that check ID even in states without a legal requirement to do so. SFATA has no ties to “big tobacco”, and is funded solely by its membership, which represent thousands of American jobs in a growing small business industry.
The American Vaping Association (AVA) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that advocates for small- and medium-sized businesses in the rapidly growing vaping and electronic cigarette industry. Dedicated to educating the public and government officials, AVA president Gregory Conley frequently speaks about financial and public health benefits offered by vapor products both in the news media and in legislative hearings.
Not Blowing Smoke (NBS) was created by Stefan Didak, with help from Jason Downing, in a response to the California Department of Public Health’s “Still Blowing Smoke” campaign, which has inappropriately and irresponsibly spent over $15 million dollars in taxpayer dollars to mislead the public.
A few weeks after NBS was launched, we were shown a video entitled The Truth About Vaping: Why They Hate Us. Danielle Bloss was inspired by NBS and researched references to the MSA (Master Settlement Agreement) made on the NBS site and quickly became part of the organization.
Essentially, NBS is an educational nonprofit organization incorporated in California. Our primary goal is to educate the general public on vapor products while at the same time providing support to the vapor products industry, vapers, and a mainstream audience. Within that context, we also render legislative support for various battles at the local, state, and federal levels by working closely with other groups such as SFATA, CASAA, AVA, Vape A Vet, and others. Although we often work in partnership with other groups, NBS is operated independently from industry influence as two of the three board members have never been employed by a vaping company.