CASAA stands for Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association. The non-profit group was formed in 2009 by consumers and industry professionals to work together to educate the public about alternatives to smoking. Their goal is to publicize research and support harm reduction technologies, as well as offer and support political and legal causes that preserve consumer freedom.
According to their website CASAA’s 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.”
The website is an extremely valuable source of information on electronic cigarettes and provides details about frequently asked questions, clinical research, lab reports, scientific opinion, survey studies and legal documents. In addition to e-cigs, CASAA also reports on tobacco harm reduction, smoke-free tobacco, and smoking and nicotine.
For people interested in supporting electronic cigarettes in the political arena, CASAA has put
together a fact sheet specifically for legislators. The list can be found here: http://casaa.org/For_Legislators.html. CASAA has a “Legislative Watch Committee” composed of five volunteers. The committee works to increase CASAA’s credibility and influence by organizing activist efforts through their members, writing articles about reduced harm and issuing statements to the media on positive and negative legislation.
By providing members and the public with news articles, “Call to Action” alerts, scientific research studies, petitions, legal actions, pending legislation and educational materials about electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, CASAA is helping the e-cig industry in many ways. Take a moment to check out their website at http://www.CASAA.org/
. You can become a member just by signing up for their email list. They also keep a forum at http://forum.casaa.org/
Have you ever taken part in a political event about e-cigarettes?