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Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association hosts conference

On Monday, March 5, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) held a 1-day conference at the University of Chicago. Of course the main topic of interest was the industry response to the Deeming Regulations recently published by the Food and Drug Administration. 

Panoramic View of the University of Chicago[/caption] The morning's program featured a panel discussion on "Lobbying after Deeming" moderated by NJOY's chief of regulatory affairs, Pamela Gorman (with panelists Ron Tully of Intrepid, Brian Fojtik of NJOY, and EU policy consultant Peter Beckett), followed by a talk by RBC's Nik Modi on "Deeming Regs Effect on Markets." After lunch, the conference keynote, entitled "Deeming Regulations: A Deep Dive," was delivered by attorney Ralph Tyler of Venable. CITMA consultant Kevin Altman gave a morning talk on the "True Cost of Substantial Equivalence & FDA Reporting Requirements."

The FDA's category of "substantial equivalence" is defined as follows: "A substantially equivalent tobacco product has been found by FDA to either have the same characteristics as a predicate (pre-2007) tobacco product, or has different characteristics, but does not raise different questions of public health. If the new product raises different questions of public health, the product is not substantially equivalent."

ECF's own Oliver Kershaw and Neil McLaren spoke on "Behavioral Insights into the Vapor Sub-Culture."

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, perhaps the world's foremost scientist studying vaping issues, gave a talk on the crucial topic of "Flavorings in Electronic Cigarette Liquids: Balance between Variability and Safety."

Also on hand were Mark Burton of Genrich, Inc., Patricia Kovacevic of Lorillard, Arnaud Dumas de Rauly of FIVAPE, and SFATA President Phil Daman, as well as representatives of VapAria, Freedom Smokeless, VaporChem, ProVape, Purbacco, the American E-Liquid Manufacturng Standards Association (AEMSA, the trade group for liquids), and EAS Consulting (a consultancy specializing in FDA regulatory matters).

SFATA was founded three years ago to serve the informational and lobbying needs of vapor industry manufacturers and marketers. Their homepage claims, in a very prominent position, that they represent small and mid-sized businesses, including vape shops as well as manufacturers and distributors, and that they have never received funding from Big Tobacco.

The budget comes from "dues and donations of the businesses it serves."

  • Graham Gray

    We need every European members email address then we can swamp them with our argument that vaping is safe for all.
    It will drive the safe industry underground and wont stop it

  • Nicola Coia Quinn

    agreed, we need contact details to make ourselves heard. I choose to vape, and I choose to drink the odd caffeinated product. I do not choose to smoke tobacco or drink alcohol, both of which I decided are far to unhealthy for me. It is ludicrous that the less harmful choices I have made are going to be taken away from me, is there anyone on this planet who does not know the actual agenda in relation to the revenue from tobacco? I think not. .

  • Felix sanchez

    I think that there goverment needs to wake up or vapors wil go underground to get there products they need and then it wont be as safe.they are not going to stop so work with them or you are going to go back to smoking. the goverment can pay for there medical bills.witch of these would you like.

  • David Tinsay

    Tobacco giants lobby in the works.




    shut your fat trolling lips,and learn the english language,your kind disgusts me!


    shut it up

  • Mike Brown

    So it looks like a few of your other favourite things will be banned soon too:

    1. Tomato: As hard as it is to believe, tomatoes do contain some amounts of nicotine. It has a net weight of 7.1 to 7.3ng/g. What this translates to is about 7.1 ng of nicotine for each gram a tomato has. However, it is said that the nicotine content reduces when the tomato ripens and it contains a nicotine alkaloid known as tomatine.

    2. Potato: This is a vegetable that contains a nicotine alkaloid known as solanine, mostly found in the peel. A potato has an average weight of 15ng/g but goes to about 42.8ng/g if the potato is green or still budding while the ripe ones contain as little as 4.3ng/g net weight. If you get pureed potatoes, then the amount shoots up to about 52ng/g. Such high nicotine content is said to have fatal implications on human health.

    3. Eggplant: Also known as aubergines, these contain about 100ng/g of this harmful substance. This may be the highest nicotine reading next to tobacco products. This loosely translates to the fact that about 10 kilograms of eggplants could contain the nicotine content of a cigarette.

    4. Teas: As much as tea is one of the healthiest beverages around, it also contains some amount of nicotine. Green and black tea, whether caffeinated or decaf, does contain some nicotine. Black tea, for example, has content of about 100ng/g of nicotine. Instant tea, as compared to natural brewed tea, may have a nicotine reading going up to 285ng/g.

    5. Peppers and Capsicums: These food flavorings contain alkaloids known as solanine and solanadine, much like the other nightshade family variations. You will find that peppers contain solanine levels of about 7.7 to 9.2 mg per 100 grams of food serving.

    6. Cauliflower: Although it is not part of the nightshade family, it does contain its own share of nicotine. Cauliflower has nicotine standing of about 16.8ng/g.

  • Nastia

    Fucking politicians