The first ecig industry fly-in organized by SFATA was one quite successful event, despite being delayed rescheduled at a later time due to the government shutdown.
The fly-in was held in Washington, DC and was attended by the ecig industry stakeholders, policy makers and members of the advocacy group.
Day On The Hill
Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association or SFATA has been actively pursuing the welfare of the ecig industry. Earlier in the year, it has conducted a summer webinar series that informed and educated everyone about the crucial details and aspects of this electronic cigarette market.
Last week, the fly-in project entitled ‘Day on the Hill’ was finally pushed through. The date was moved to a later schedule because of the unexpected shutdown. Nevertheless, the programs and activities originally laid out for the fly-in was followed and everything went so well that it can be said that it was a huge success.
The 2 days event from November 4 to 5 was attended by the representatives of 24 ecig manufacturers, retailers, and distributed who have traveled great distances from their own locations to Washignton where the fly-in took place. Their long travels were worth it as they advocated for the emerging industry in which they are crucial parts of.
In those two consecutive days, these representatives participated in the chain of about 50 meetings with the Congressional offices where the topic about ecig legislation was tackled and discussed. This legislation has its own specific requirements and will have an immense impact on the economy of the country.
SFATA is drafting a federal legislation that will be proposed and presented before the authority so that policymakers would be provided with a meaningful framework of standards for the ecigarette industry.
Executive director of SFATA, Cynthia Cabrera, said that their first fly-in to Washington was indeed a great success for all attendees. The event provided lawmakers with an opportunity to hear straight from the industry what their concerns are.
Lawmakers were able to learn more of the possible negative impact if ever the emerging products would be inappropriately regulated.
SFATA and most of the industry players are very much aware that the products need and should be regulated, but in a reasonable and specific way. The industry is comprised mainly of small businesses and they want to be regulated without limiting adult consumers in their access to the electronic smoking alternatives. Inappropriate policies would lead to dampened and stifled innovation and growth for the products that possess a great ability to improve public health.
Various areas of concern were discussed including request of the group for lawmakers to decline proposed deeming tobacco regulation on ecigs and to issue ANPRM or Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making. The ANPRM would give the industry the opportunity and the time to give comments about electronic cigarettes being distinctive products from tobacco and other smokeless tobacco products.
SFATA would not stop promoting for the good cause of electronic cigarette industry. Thus Day on The Hill will not be the last of the programs it will organize and conduct. In fact, it is already planning for another day at the Capitol Hill.
Be sure to check regularly on SFATA website to remain updated on the upcoming events. In fact, you can already register for the upcoming annual industry update that will be held on January 27, 2014 in the Oquendo Center Las Vegas, Nevada.
More On SFATA
The mission of this association is to advocate, educate and promote the reputation of the industry of the trendy, yet controversial ecigarete products.
By becoming a member of SFATA, you and your ecig company will be provided with network building opportunity. This network is crucial in supporting campaigns, research endeavors for the industry’s future.
The association is mainly working for fair policies on the products. A fair environment and market will give industry players or ecig companies an even playing field.