Friday, April 6, 2018 - Today, the Arizona Smoke Free Business Alliance (ASFA), Arizona’s leading advocacy trade association for vapor and harm-reduction products and their related small businesses, announced it will be joining the Vapor Technology Association’s (VTA) multi-state campaign to save the vapor industry. VTA is the vapor industry’s premier public policy and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. and is the leading advocate for manufacturers, wholesalers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs who develop, distribute, support, and retail innovative and quality vapor products, providing adult consumers with a better alternative to traditional combustible nicotine products.
ASFA builds on a tradition of cooperation in the advocacy arena, being a cooperative group formed from members of both the independent advocacy organization NAVB (the National Association of Vaping Businesses) and the former Arizona chapter of SFATA. The leadership and members of ASFA are confident that there are strong benefits to joining the ranks of VTA’s other industry leading state associations, including the Breathe Easier Alliance of Alabama, California Smoke Free Organization, Georgia Smoke Free Association, Smoke Free Alternatives Coalition of Illinois, Indiana Smoke Free Alliance, South Carolina Vapor Industry Association, Tennessee Smoke Free Association, Utah Smoke Free Association, and Virginia Smoke Free Association.
“Our industry is at a crossroads of innovation and regulation, and we must function as a cohesive unit to guide the industry through these crossroads and into a future that integrates vapor products into the harm-reduction strategies of tomorrow,” said Daney Glenn, Executive Director of ASFA. “The VTA State program is a key part of our long-term strategy to keep Arizona as a state where harm-reduction is supported, and where adult consumers maintain the freedom to choose to do less harm to their bodies. We at ASFA desire to do all we can to get full support behind all vaping businesses in Arizona, helping them accomplish this mission.”
“ASFA has been leading the way and we are excited to be cooperating with their organization and membership to move the vapor industry’s agenda forward in Arizona,” said Tony Abboud, Executive Director of the Vapor Technology Association. “Not only has ASFA done amazing work to get the cooperation of vapor businesses in Arizona, but they will now be cooperating with VTA’s nationwide network of more than 20 other state vapor associations, and will be directly integrated into our federal campaign to save vapor.”