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VTA to hold third "Vape & The FDA" conference in DC

The Vapor Technology Association, VTA, has announced the dates for the upcoming third iteration of its "Vape & The FDA" conference.

Vape & The FDA 2 (2017) was an amazing event that ASFA had the honor of having one of our Executive Advisors, Gunnar Birtel, attend.

The event will be held June 26th and 27th in Washington, DC.  More information is available on VTA's Facebook page listed below, with more information coming soon!

 

https://www.facebook.com/VaporTechAssoc/posts/2069235233401009

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Tuscon Shop Holds Raffle for Advocacy

TUSCON, AZ - Arizona Smoke Free Business Alliance member Vapor Pros held a fundraising event at their Ina Rd shop in Tucson over the weekend.  They successfully raised $150.00 in a raffle to benefit ASFA's advocacy mission in Arizona.  Josh Stewart and Allen Epley, owners of Vapor Pros, matched the funds raised and donated a total of $300.00, which ASFA will utilize for legislative education and advocacy efforts in Arizona.

"It was a Vape Gravy branded launch party at our shop," said Josh Stewart, co-owner of Vapor Pros.  "We offered 25% off all Vape Gravy brands and hardware, and sold dollar raffle tickets. Every 15 tickets sold we did a drawing and awarded the winner a bottle of Vape Gravy product."

Vapor Pros is located at 3720 W Ina Rd Suite 134 in Tuscon, AZ, and has been a member of ASFA since inception.

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ASFA Joins Forces with VTA

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.”

ASFA Joins Forces with SFATA

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - Today, the Arizona Smoke Free Business Alliance (ASFA), Arizona’s leading advocacy trade association for vapor product related small businesses, announced it will be affiliating with the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) as an Affiliated Independent State Chapter.  Standing as the voice of the vapor industry since its creation in 2012, SFATA has represented thousands of manufacturers, distributors, and retailers across the country.  SFATA extends their national programming into states with the help of passionate members who organize locally to promote policy positions at the state and local level, while encouraging activism among local companies toward the federal priorities.

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 joining SFATA’s Affiliated Independent State Chapter program will supplement the efficacy of their advocacy efforts in the state, as well as assist in financially strengthening the federal effort.

“Our industry sees itself consistently under fire from special interests and financially motivated NGOs – we have to all work together to effect the changes we need to see to give harm reduction a chance,” said Steve Johnson, the secretary and treasurer of ASFA.  “We believe that the SFATA Independent Affiliated State Chapter program is an essential component to allowing adult consumers the freedom to choose to do less harm to their bodies.  We at ASFA believe relationships such as this will help all vaping businesses in Arizona accomplish this mission.”

“SFATA is excited to be working hand in hand with ASFA to more effectively educate members of government on the benefits of vaping as an alternate source of nicotine, thereby reducing the catastrophic damage caused by cigarettes,” said David Morris of the SFATA Board.  “ASFA has proven time and time again their effectiveness on the ground in Arizona, and we look forward to utilizing this partnership to benefit the industry at both the state and federal level and protect vaping businesses for years to come.”

ASFA Members Attend Legislative Meetings

Monday, April 2nd, 2018 - Today, multiple members of the Arizona Smoke Free Business Alliance took time away from their respective businesses to meet with their elected officials at the AZ State Capitol.  Members were able to meet with members of both the AZ Senate and The AZ House of Representatives form their respective districts.  These constituent meetings were planned as part of ASFA's larger effort to build relationships with these elected officials, as well as increase awareness of the vape industry and the political issues it faces.

The meetings were a smashing success, with great feedback from all the elected officials that members met with.  Members touched on issues such as our efforts to combat youth access, keeping vape a viable option for all adult nicotine users, as well as education on harm reduction and its benefits to society and governmental budgets.

The Arizona Smoke Free Business Alliance heartily thanks all the elected officials that made space in their busy schedules for our members today, and also thanks the members that took time away from their businesses today to come to these meetings.