New York, New York, October 9, 2013 – In response to the European Parliament’s decision on October 8, 2013 to reject a proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes as medicinal products, Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) President Phil Daman, Esq. has stated the following:
We applaud the European Parliament’s landmark decision that nicotine vaporizing devices, like electronic cigarettes, should not be regulated as medicinal products. Such regulation would misclassify the products, subjecting them to regulations intended for a very different category.
In addition, SFATA agrees with the European Parliament’s decision to restrict the sale of electronic cigarette products to minors, and we support any effort – domestic or otherwise – made by legislative agencies and organizations to keep vaporizers out of the hands of underage consumers. Vaporizers are intended for and should only be available to adults.
SFATA remains optimistic that legislative bodies in the United States and around the world will continue to engage and communicate with the vaping community to better understand and maintain appropriate age–restricted access to these unique and popular products as adult consumers switch to this innovative alternative.
Trade organization SFATA clarifies industry-wide stance for use of electronic cigarettes by minors.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 11, 2013 — The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), an electronic cigarette industry trade organization, supports efforts made by various states to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and supports the efforts of family and public health groups to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of minors.
SFATA believes electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) should be available to consenting adults seeking to enjoy an alternative product and is working to educate regulatory and legislative bodies on e-cigs in an effort to influence possible future regulation at the state and federal levels.
Anti-tobacco groups such as The American Cancer Society Action Network (ACS CAN) oppose state age verification bans as part of their strategy to force the FDA to regulate access to e-cigs at the federal level instead. This stance can be seen in a letter to Arizona Senator Adam Driggs.
Despite widespread awareness of electronic cigarettes, a recent fact sheet released by Action on Smoking & Health states “Among children regular use of e-cigarettes is extremely rare.” According to the report, of minors who had heard of e-cigarettes, 7% had tried them. Two percent of those surveyed reported using them monthly or weekly, all of which were already smoking. When only taking minors who had never smoked, 99% reported having never tried e-cigarettes. The remaining 1% of nonsmoking minors who had tried e-cigs reported only having tried them once or twice. Continue reading →
Trade organization SFATA presents three-part webinar series for electronic cigarette industry leaders.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 3, 2013 — The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), an electronic cigarette industry trade organization, is launching a summer webinar series for electronic cigarette industry leaders. The organization is planning one-hour webinars in each of June, July, and August.
SFATA’s summer webinar series is designed to provide insight into areas of concern as determined by feedback from SFATA membership who are cognizant of the fact that although uncertainty hangs over future FDA actions, many other aspects of the electronic cigarette business are equally important. Future webinar and seminar series are also in development.
The first webinar in the series is scheduled for 1:00 PM, June 24, 2013. Sara Zborovski will be presenting on the lucrative and untapped electronic cigarette market of Canada. Zborovski is a partner at Gilbert LLC, a practice focused on assisting industries regulated by Health Canada and the FDA. She has been heavily involved in both the pharmaceutical and food industries and works often at the intersection of regulation and intellectual property concerns. Continue reading →
Trade organization membership expands as need for advocacy and awareness grows.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 31, 2013 – The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), an electronic cigarette industry trade organization, has added five companies to its roster of supporting members. These companies will now be direct supporters of SFATA efforts to advocate, educate, and improve the electronic cigarette industry. The new members include Pure Cigs, Vape Revolution, E VaporMaker, My Smokeless, and Cherry Vape.
Pure Cigs is an online electronic cigarette retailer offering both slim models emulating conventional cigarettes and larger customizable models. Vape Revolution is a vaping lounge and retail location based in Cerritos, California. E VaporMaker is a wholesaler of electronic vaporizers to licensed distributors, e-cig specialty stores, and retailers only. My Smokeless is a primarily online retailer focused on electronic cigarette designs that closely emulate the taste and feel of conventional cigarettes. Cherry Vape is an online retailer perhaps best known for their special design drip tips (electronic cigarette mouth pieces).
SFATA hosted an electronic cigarette industry update in April as well as a workshop for electronic cigarette industry leaders in January. These events offered valuable information which drove interest and attendance to both. These and future events are organized by SFATA to provide the industry with insight, intelligence, and advocacy. It is through these events that SFATA builds much of its membership. Continue reading →
Trade organization SFATA presented an update for the electronic cigarette industry from Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS – April, 18, 2013 — The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), an electronic cigarette industry trade organization, hosted an industry update on April 23 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. The event helped electronic cigarette community members and business leaders better understand the e-cig market and the regulatory and legislative landscape set out ahead of the industry.
Three speakers presented at the event followed by a forum discussion led by e-cig industry litigation expert Phil Damon. The event drew a crowd of about 60 electronic cigarette and tobacco industry leaders. Afterward, many guests adjourned to Le Central Bar also at the Paris Hotel for mingling and networking.
M. Daniel Walsh, president of electronic cigarette company Purebacco USA, was among attendees and called the event “Without a doubt, the most information packed and insightful program I’ve attended to date.” Walsh was one of many that walked away from the event better informed. He only recently became involved with SFATA, but appreciates its goal of education and advocacy for the still budding e-cig industry. “In my experience, SFATA is among the most professional, ethical, and sincere trade associations I’ve ever participated with.”
The first speaker was serial entrepreneur Anthony Miranda. He presented on the immediate necessity for improved manufacturing quality control within the industry. According to Miranda, companies not only need to work toward a high level of quality assurance and good manufacturing practice, but should also take an active role in the shaping of electronic cigarette regulation though trade organizations and advocacy.
Miranda is recognized as one of the most influential and knowledgeable analysts and strategists in the e-cig world. Recently, he founded Vaporchem, a consulting company which provides good manufacturing practice (GMP) and regulatory compliance management on a web-based software platform.
The second speaker was industry insider William Bartowski. He presented on the unique challenges of manufacturing electronic cigarettes within the current market. According to Bartowski, continued development and improvement of electronic cigarette technology will keep products competitive, protect the industry from restrictive regulation, and improve consumer experience overall.
Bartowski oversaw the landmark Ruyan U.S. patent submission which covers a significant portion of electronic cigarette technology on the market today. He is now president of VapAria Corporation, a Minneapolis-based company involved in the research and development of electronic cigarette technology, patents, regulations, and legislation.
The final speaker was Todd Harrison, a partner at Venable LLP – a law firm which has extensive involvement in electronic cigarette industry litigation, regulation, and compliance. Harrison gave an overview of the governmental goings on within the industry and provided a little insight into how electronic cigarette companies might survive and thrive given the current and coming environment.
Harrison’s work has involved him with food and drug consumer protection and product regulation agencies in the United States and internationally. Venable has been involved in much electronic cigarette litigation since e-cigs were first introduced to the U.S. market.
Attendance to the E-Cig Industry Update was free and open to members of the electronic cigarette industry and community though registration was required. For more information on this or future events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.