Advocacy is a widely used and misunderstood term. To some, it means pouring every cent you have into fighting for what you believe. To others, it is simply educating others in something you are passionate about. In this industry, it does not take much to be an advocate.
While some believe that shop owners and industry professionals are advocating because they are only concerned with their profits, that misconception is not true. There are many shops that have the right frame of mind, especially since the deeming has silenced them in their efforts.
Consumers have the advantage in this battle. We are the ones that support the shops and the companies in this industry. If we do not support shops and companies then this industry will no longer exist. That's why it is vital for us to be educated and support local business that supports advocacy. When a shop supports advocacy, they are supporting us.
Here, you can find advocacy organizations and movements that you can participate in. It does not take much to help and be apart of something bigger. Our hopes is that you can find one (or two) organizations to support, as well as find out different ways you can help.
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization with an all-volunteer board and a grassroots membership of more than two hundred thousand individuals.CASAA
Smoke-Free Associations (Various States) - Smoke-Free Associations are non-profit advocacy groups comprised of vaping businesses and consumers. The goal of each Smoke-Free is to support and protect the vaping industry. Please view each state for more information.
The AVA is a nonprofit advocacy group that champions the use of vapor products and electronic cigarettes to help smokers quit[. . .]AVA
Not Blowing Smoke is a 501(c)6 California non-profit organization. It's goal is a sustainable, professional, and most importantly, transparent approach to advocacy efforts[. . .]NBS
The Vapor Technology Association represents the manufacturers, wholesalers, small business owners and entrepreneurs who have developed innovative and quality vapor products, providing adult consumers with a safer alternative to traditional combustible products[. . .]
The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association represents a wide cross section of the 'Smoke- Free' or vapor products, industry including distributors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers of Personal Electronic Vaporizing Units such as electronic cigarettes and the liquid solutions they contain[. . .]
The Vaping Militia is committed to protecting the rights and health of vapors by advocating for safe public use of personal vaporizers. We strongly believe and promote peaceful and professional activism/advocacy[. . .]
Breathe Easier Alliance of Alabama
Arkansans for Tobacco Free Alternatives
B&M NorCal Vape
Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Edu. - BRAVE
IFAST (Iowians For Alternative Smoking and Tobacco)
No Smoke Here
Michigan Smoke-Free Alternative Coalition
Mississippi Vaping Advocacy Organization
N. Carolina Vaping Council
Oklahoma Vapor Advocacy League
Philly Smoke Free
Texas E-Cigarette Vaping Association
Utah Smoke Free Association
Pink Lung Brigade
Wisconsin Smoke-Free Alternatives Coalition
MOVE is an initiative developed by vapers, and aims to present the scientific evidence on electronic cigarettes to health professionals. We hope to generate an ethical debate about the importance of these devices as harm reduction tools and their potential to save lives and bring about an end to smoking.
Following the FDA regulations, a lot has changed in the advocacy game. Shops and industry professionals are more silenced than ever when it comes to speaking the truth about advocacy and the benefits of vaping. Below we have listed many ways ANY person can help. Simple movements that you may have seen before, or are new ideas that can arouse a new perspective on how you can get involved. Always remember, it doesn't take much to be an advocate, but it does take something!
‘Consumer Take Over’ is where consumers go to their local shops and peacefully rallies. At the rally (which can be one person, or a multitude of people), individuals stand with posters or signs stating factual evidence or a personal experiences about vaping. Suggestions for posters include:
1. Vaping is 95% safer.
2. Vaping Saved My Life
3. The FDA cannot silence consumers.
4. Our government is trying to hide the truth that vaping saves lives.
5. Tobacco has 6 thousands chemicals while e-liquid has 4 ingredients.
6. There is no tobacco in vaping.
7. Vaping is not smoking.
8. The Royal College of Physicians deemed vaping 95% safer, including the unknowns.
9. It's vapor, not smoke.
10. (Your personal story)
This rally does not take place within the shop, but outside to gain attention to the injustice that has been done to the industry. Essentially, we are rallying on behalf of the store, but the store in no way is affiliated with the rally. Remember to take photos and post on social media to make others aware of what they can do.
Don’t forget to #consumertakeover
A social media based movement discussing how vaping has saved your (your family, your friends, etc.) life. Here you would make a short video or write a short post discussing the benefits of vaping and how it helped you quit traditional tobacco (or perhaps other addictions). The premise of this movement is to share this on your preferred social media outlet, to bring awareness to other vapers, as well as non-vapers. Non-vapers are an essential and vital need in our continuous efforts. Being able to properly inform non-vapers (and perhaps non-believers) of how this life saving technology has profoundly impacted someone close to them could gain another proponent for this industry war. Your heartfelt and meaningful story IS important and needs to be heard! Don’t forget to
Most of us have heard of 'Sponsor A Smoker'... but usually shops did that. Thank you to the deeming regulations, shops are not allowed to give anything away for free. One of the greatest things about being a consumer is that YOU can give things away for free (of course only giving this away to people over the age of 18 or 21 depending on where you live)!! I am sure most of us have an old EGO pen laying around... and I am sure we all know a smoker that needs to quit. Maybe you can PIF (pay it forward) that old EGO pen to a smoker in need. The best part is that you can give them one-on-one help in their beginning efforts to stop smoking. Also, if you are financially able to and have the blessing as a loyal customer in one of your local shops, maybe your local shop could offer you a discount on a starter kit? We all know the first initial plunge into vaping can seem intimidating. But, usually basic starter kits aren't very expensive, and with a discount, offering to purchase someone's first starter kit could cause a trend within your local vaping community! Again, this option may not be for everyone, but it is a wonderful gesture and a pretty surefire way to get someone starting in the right direction. Don't forget to document how you #sponsorasmoker!
Write your state Senators and Governors to educate them about the benefits of vaping, as well as your personal testimony. Don't forget, a handwritten letter is just as, if not more, impactful. Below are the links to e-mail or physically write your State Representatives and Elected Officials.
You will see a lot of templates from various advocacy organizations, and although those are great, it may not always be the best. When a State Official or Representative reviews a letter, each similar (ones with the same template) form letter are typically counted as one response. Therefore, make each letter as personal and heartfelt as you are comfortable with sharing. Don't forget to be factual. Here are some key points of what you should include in your letter:
1. Dear 'Full Name'.
2. State your full name and location (city, state and county/province).
3. Remain professional and cordial , discuss what vaping has done for you.
4. Discuss amendments or issues you feel need to be done to help resolve the injustice to the vaping community. Use factual evidence.
5. Say your personal testimonial.
6. Close by stating your appreciation.
7. Sign with your full name, both in printed and an actual signature.
Let us remember that you are talking to an Elected Official. He/she is your voice that you help elect into office, so you need to make sure your voice is heard. Remain respectful and professional, but firm in your convictions. Remember to take photos and post on social media your contribution to the #communicatetoadvocate movement.
The most simple way to make your efforts count. Yes, this usually costs money... but take a second to think about this...
Obviously doing anything will help, but money talks. Advocacy organizations cost money to run and fight the legal fight to help regulate these overreaching regulations. A lot of people still have the mindset that 'someone else will take care of it'. Well, that is simply not the case.
Imagine if every vaper donated just $1.00. That could potentially be hundreds of thousands of dollars towards advocacy efforts. One dollar is simple pocket change that I am sure is either in your couch cushions or car floor. Yes, some people may not even be able to afford a dollar, but most everyone can donate some sort of monetary donation.
This is where one usually starts hearing the questions about what advocacy organization to donate to, questioning the legitimacy of the organization, questioning the transparency of the organization, questioning where exactly the money is going; you get the drift. A few things that need to be mentioned.
1. It is vitally important for every person that is going to donate to do your research (You can start by checking out the advocacy organizations above).
2. Any legitimate advocacy organization should have no issues with transparency or information on where their donations have gone to, or where new donations are going.
3. Each advocacy group does fight the industry's war in different ways. Find out which one you want support the most.
4. Do not mistake advocacy organizations operational costs as anything more than that. Advocacy organizations do cost money to operate. A lot of organizations do a lot of things out of pocket, but are in no way able to fully function without help. That would be like asking you to run a large, functioning organization completely out of pocket. If you think you can do that, then please do! Remember, a lot of these advocacy organizations are run by average, passionate people with average incomes. Again, simply do your research.
5. Lastly, you don't have to donate a lot of money to make an impact. Again, if every vaper donated $1.00, the totals would be staggering and our army HUGE!
None of the above should be a deterrent to stop you from donating. If you had the few minutes it took you to review this site, you should have the few minutes it would take to review an organization. Every cent counts, relying on shops and industry professionals to be a large portion of donations is not going to be enough anymore.
Be proud of your donation! Let other know where you #donate
Everywhere we look, we see big business interests corrupting the truth and affecting millions of lives. We see that in the food industry, healthcare, government, and now with alternatives to smoking. With nearly unlimited funds, the big money always seems to drown out the truth when it suits them[. . .]
An informational magazine that relates positive ideals in the vaping industry[. . .]
The Right to Vape Tour is a nationwide grassroots campaign led by a coalition of small businesses, consumers, trade associations, and public policy groups[. . .]
RegulatorWatch.com is your resource to stay on top of what regulators are doing and the issues and controversies driving public debate. Research legislation and the rulings issued by over 42 Canadian regulatory agencies and get involved in the process[. . .]
Vape Radio is the only voice of the vape space where you’ll hear from thought leaders and vapreneurs on the ever-evolving e-cig/vaping industries. Hosted by Norm Bour, founder of VapeMentors [. . .]
It is with great pleasure that introduce our podcast. The Rising From The Ashes Podcast is your source for irreverent and relevant news in the world of vaping. Keep up to date on the latest products and issues. We set out to be the go-to information source for vapers old and new alike [. . .]
The Vaping Post is an online publication that brings information on vaping (also known as e-cigarette, electronic cigarette or vaporizer). The Vaping Post is a combination of the previous websites pgvg.net and Ma-cigarette.fr acquired in May 2016 by Vaping Post Sàrl (Geneva).
WE ARE THE MAGAZINE THAT TELLS IT LIKE IT IS. WE WON'T SUGAR COAT OR CENSOR. WE DON'T HAVE PROFESSIONAL WRITERS OR ANY OF THAT FANCY JAZZ, BUT WE DO PROMISE TO BRING YOU "THE BEST VOOPING MATERIAL...EVER". WE HOPE YOU GET A GOOD LITTLE CHUCKLE OUT OF EACH ONE OF OUR ISSUES. WE ARE THE MAGAZINE MADE BY VAPERS, FOR VAPERS.
VCC's goal is threefold: 1) to expose vapers and tobacco users (potential vapers) to the excellent products of vendors from all over the USA and around the world; 2) educate the public to the benefits of vaping and ecigarettes compared to using combustible tobacco; 3) allow vendors to sell their products to other vendors and conference attendees (vendors always keep 100% of their sales from the conventions) thereby sharing the wealth of awesome products and knowledge!
The Smoke Free Radio Network is dedicated to promoting tobacco harm reduction via use of personal vaporizers also known as ecigs!
Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in vaping technology from vapers, vape shops and manufacturers, and how together they are shaping vaping.
We announced earlier in 2014 that we are partnering with the Leading Edge Series to produce industry specific educational segments to be broadcasted on channels nationwide. Sneak a peek of the series with our 60-second spot that can be seen on some of your favorite channels, including ESPN, CNBC, Fox News and the Family Channel. Just press play and watch it now!
Vapor Reporter is a weekly podcast hosted by Rocco and Morandir. It started as a show to report what’s going on in the vaping world, but has evolved over time into a show that’s really about vapers. We still discuss what’s going on, but our main focus has shifted to talking to people about their vaping journey- What’s changed from when they started, what they see happening in the future, and whatever else they may want to discuss. We keep it clean, but we have started going a little off topic at times, which happens when you get to talk to your friends for an hour. We’re always looking to hear someone else’s story, so feel free to contact us any time if you ever want to join in. Here’s our e-mail. You can also find us on twitter and facebook. We’re working on getting it so where you can call, so no computer or recording equipment will be required. Thank you for listening. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy recording it.
A free online message forum dedicated to the discussion of electronic cigarettes and vaping culture.
The Vapourtrails TV team are all regular users of electronic cigarettes based in the UK. The following pages give a brief insight into what makes them tick.
In this scorecard, we graded 52 cities across the United States on the regulations and taxation surrounding vapor products. While laws regulating alternatives to tobacco cigarettes are nothing new, the rapid expansion of the vapor marketplace creates a real opportunity to reduce harms traditionally associated with smoking tobacco.