Collection: Industry Organizations
As e-cigarettes (eCigs) grow in popularity, the federal government as well as state governments are in the process of regulating the manufacture and use of these products. The eCig industry is responding to threats of regulation through industry organizations.
There are two large industry sponsored organizations that represents the interests of the eCig industry- Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) and Electronic Cigarette Industry Group (ECIG). Both organizations work to block all eCig regulations and frequently issue “Calls to Action” to warn the industry and concerned consumers about potentially threatening legislation.
On its website, ECIG says that it is “working to prevent state and local municipalities from including electronic cigarette use in indoor smoking bans….” SFATA claims to offer “members valuable training so that they can effectively participate in SFATA “Fly-Ins” to Capitol Hill. These events provide an opportunity for members to meet their representatives, share business concerns and plans and establish relationships.”
In addition to both these organizations as well as many smaller industry based groups, there is also a consumer based organization- Consumer Advocates for Smokefree Alternatives Association (CASAA)- that advocates for eCigs. The group claims to be a grassroots consumer membership organization that is working to represent consumers who use or someday might use low-risk smoke-free alternatives to smoking, including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.