Here’s a question: why do you vape?
It’s likely you started up so you could finally kick your smoking habit for good. But once you’ve given up the cigarettes, you may find that you simply enjoy vaping and that it’s a lot of fun.
We’re all about the fun side of vaping here at VapeTings. We love experimenting with new and unique flavours, trying different things and getting involved in the vaping community.
If you’re like us, you may find that you get so carried away with the fun side of vaping that you don’t think too much about things like vaping legislation. Sure, you know when new laws come in that stop you vaping somewhere. But there are a whole lot of things going on behind the scenes that you may not be aware of.
For example, there are a number of vaping advocacy groups in the UK that are focused on promoting your rights as vaping enthusiasts.
We thought it would be interesting to look at some of these and see what they do. Here’s a quick guide.
The Vaping Advocacy Groups
There are many vaping advocacy groups around the world, but the ones that will concern you the most are those based in the UK. There are three main groups that have the biggest impact on the vaping industry at the moment, and these are:
- UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA)
- Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)
- New Nicotine Alliance (NNA)
Let’s take a look at each of these to find out a bit more about what they do.
UKVIA describes itself as the “country’s leading forum for supporting, developing and promoting the £1bn vaping industry”.
It wants to see a world where the health benefits of vaping are understood properly to maximise the positive impact of e-cigarettes and help save lives.
Its aim is to build confidence in vaping products among consumers, governments and the wider health community so that more smokers are convinced to switch to vaping to improve their lives.
It has representation in Westminster via the creation of an All Party Parliamentary Group, and it is committed to promoting the benefits of vaping and to hold the government to account.
It also releases an annual report with the latest research and information – you can download the latest one here.
It has a fortnightly newsletter providing updates on industry developments, and it is a useful website packed full of information where you can get the latest facts. It also holds a national conference, details of which can be found here.
The IBVTA is the “professional voice of the independent vape industry”. This is the trade association of the industry, so it is mainly aimed at vaping businesses (like ours!). However, it is a useful resource for anyone who enjoys vaping, so it’s worth checking out.
For example, on the site you will find a link to find a vape shop near you so you can quickly find the nearest store for your vaping equipment. It also has a useful news section for all things vaping related.
It often gets involved in reaching out to politicians and is focused on challenging the misinformation about vaping. It’s a not-for-profit and is non-political, and it is owned by all its members.
The New Nicotine Alliance is a registered UK charity, and while it is not specifically focused on vaping, it is focused on reducing harm from smoking without the need to give up nicotine.
As a result, it provides information on a range of nicotine delivery systems, including vaping. Its primary aim is tobacco harm reduction, and it wants to see “an effective regulatory environment” for nicotine products to improve public health.
There is a large resources section on the site, and it provides details of different campaigns here – like its Snus campaign to challenge the ban on snus in the EU.
It also has a blog, which is a good source of news for all matters related to nicotine products, including e-cigarettes.
Combining Forces for Various Campaigns
While these groups are all separate and focus on slightly different areas, they often come together to join forces. This helps to make the voice of the vaping industry in the UK louder.
For example, back in September 2018, a coalition of vaping industry groups from 16 countries called on the WHO to change its stance on vaping.
These groups are all working towards the same goals, and when they get together they can help to promote vaping not only in the UK but across the world so everyone can benefit from its ability to help smokers quit.
What Can You Do?
If you love vaping, you may want to support these advocacy groups. Why? Because they are helping to promote vaping in the UK and further afield. They work tirelessly to educate and inform decision makers while preventing the spread of misinformation.
You could support them financially via a donation, but there are other ways to support them. For example, you could read their blogs, join their campaigns and follow them on social media to help spread the word. Or you could simply use them to keep up with the latest news and research.
You may also want to look at similar groups in other countries, like:
At VapeTings, we believe it’s important that everyone stays informed. As you may be well aware, the media loves nothing more than a sensationalist story about vaping, and it’s easy to become confused.
The advocacy groups above provide you with a great source of the latest information, scientific research and laws surrounding vaping. So take a look for yourself and stay informed.