CASSA and What it Means to You
CASSA stands for Consumer Advocates for Smokefree Alternatives Association and they are one of the main groups right now fighting for your right to use electronic cigarettes.
Their mission statement is as follows: “Our mission is to ensure the availability of effective, affordable and reduced harm alternatives to smoking by increasing public awareness and education; to encourage the testing and development of products to achieve acceptable safety standards and reasonable regulation; and to promote the benefits of reduced harm alternatives.”
Lawmakers and other politicians want to categorize electronic cigarettes as tobacco products to not only tax them at a higher rate than they already are but to eliminate most flavors on the market to just tobacco and menthol flavored. CASSA sees electronic cigarettes as a clean alternative to tobacco cigarettes and a step towards a healthier life style whereas the FDA and Big Pharma states are more of a parallel move.
CASSA has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to prevent big brother from classifying electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product. They have been gathering testimonials from the community of electronic cigarette users and how they have been healthier and how the product actually works going against some of the testimonials given by doctors and health specialists. CASSA has also testified on our behalf on several state level hearings across the states. Testifying with hard evidence backed by scientific evidence and facts as well as numerous testimonies from the community.
On several occasions states have attempted to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes. In one case a Tennessee House Bill wanted to fine $10,000 fine for the sale of electronic cigarettes (http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/HB1729.pdf look at section 18). CASSA stepped in and convinced the members of the Tennessee House Agriculture Committee to remove that section of the bill completely before it got passed. Another case in Alameda, CA where the city council was considering classifying electronic cigarettes as part of their smoking ban. Their smoking ban didn't allow smoking to be done even in outdoor places like beaches as well as outdoor bar patios. If they included electronic cigarettes as part of their smoking ban, the usage of them would not be allowed either. CASSA stepped in again and urged the City Council to reconsider. Fortunately it was removed from the ordinance for the time being. They've won the battle, but the war still continues.
The CASSA website is a wealth of information. CASSA has diligently complied and organized all the latest research in electronic cigarettes as well. Their calls to action have raised awareness to the states in need. Gathering support from communities and small business owners alike to stop legislation from passing to classify electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product. Many times legislation passes without the general public evening knowing about it. They slip in a section or a clause that condemns the sell or use of electronic cigarettes. This is why having an organized and unified body to act swiftly to eliminate this is so very important.
Furthermore the CASSA website provides links to local politicians contact information so individuals that express their opinion. They are also active in the social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and etc. CASSA has made graphics and informative posters that can be printed out and distributed at your local B&M vape shops to all who have questions about health risks as well as debunking current electronic cigarette myths: http://casaa.org/uploads/8_Biggest_Electronic_Cigarette_Myths.pdf.
CASSA is our ringer in our fight for the right to use electronic cigarettes. It is our best chance in overturning registration as well as providing a wealth of information to those that are uninformed. CASSA is not affiliated with any brands of electronic cigarettes nor do they promote any specific devices. They will tell you the facts, debunk any myths, as well as defend the public against corporate giants and big brother for our right to use electronic cigarettes. But being a non-profit organization especially one going against our government needs funding from the public.