The Florida Smoke-Free Association is a non-profit advocacy group comprised vaping businesses and consumers. The goal of FSFA is to support and protect the Florida vaping industry. FSFA works with Legislators and Florida Health Officials to reduce the devastating effects of combustible tobacco products.
FSFA is aligned with industry advocacy groups that bridge gaps between state and federal levels. Our media outlets provide access to scientific studies, legislation and educational materials associated with the vaping industry. We engage with small to medium sized businesses, the media, industry advocates and the public to ensure vapers’ rights are addressed. We are dedicated to increasing communication, education and a truthful dialogue between all parties.
What are Electronic Cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes or personal vaporizers) are an alternative to combustible tobacco cigarettes. They are battery-operated devices that create a vapor that is inhaled instead of carcinogenic smoke. The rechargeable battery powers a heating element called an “atomizer.” The element uses low heat to turn liquid in the cartridge, which contains propylene glycol, glycerin, food flavoring and nicotine, into a vapor.
There are many models of e-cigarettes available. Some look like traditional cigarettes, called cig-a-likes, others look similar to a pen and some even look like small flashlights. Some have LED lights, some have built-in liquid reservoirs, others have combined atomizer cartridges and some are even rectangular boxes. They come in all shapes and sizes and have different features that allow former smokers to distance themselves from anything resembling a traditional cigarette.
What is Tobacco Harm Reduction?
Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) is the approach to prevent or reduce the overall harm caused by smoking tobacco products, i.e. cigarettes. We base that approach on the fact that many people throughout our state continue to use traditional tobacco products despite the strong efforts of our health officials to prevent the continued use of these products. Tobacco Harm Reduction takes a unique approach to educating the public and smokers on the “Switch and Quit” method. Eliminating the use of traditional tobacco products is our top priority.
Principles of THR
Our approach to Tobacco Harm Reduction is based on a strong commitment to public health and basic human rights. Tobacco Harm Reduction refers to policies and practices that target the reduction of adverse health and social consequences of the legal use of tobacco. Tobacco Harm Reduction benefits all current users of tobacco products including their families, friends and the wider Virginia community.
Dignity and Rights
The FSFA is nonjudgmental and will fight for the rights of all Florida residents and vapor industry businesses wishing to reduce the harms resulting from combustible tobacco usage. Users of combustible tobacco are people we all know: mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends or coworkers. These users do not give up their basic human rights simply because they have chosen to smoke. Ignoring science and technology due to opposing morals and beliefs deliberately inflicts harm on people who smoke tobacco products. This approach creates and exacerbates risk and harm for the users.
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