Chinese Manufacturers Form SEVIA USA
We have heard it many times, “What is China doing to assist in the fight to keep vapor products around?“. On January 20th 2016 over 100 ecig manufacturers came together at a conference in Shenzhen China to commit their resources and financial support in the fight against unfair and burdensome FDA regulations. Tennessee Smoke Free Association Executive Director Dimitris Agrafiotis presented the current federal and state regulatory update alongside reviewer and prominent member of the vaping community Phil Busardo. SEVIA (Shenzhen Electronic Vaporizer Industry Association) USA was created and looks forward to assisting various advocacy and litigation groups in the US.
Last year SEVIA was vital to one of the most important ecig studies to be published, “the evaluation of consistency in nicotine delivery from the liquid to the aerosol of electronic cigarettes atomizers” which can be found here:
Konstantinos Farsalinos evaluated nicotine delivery consistency in new generation (tank-type) of atomizers and compared it to the first generation (cigalike). He and his co-authors from the Department of Pharmacy of University of Patras and of the Skylab-Med Laboratories of Applied Industrial Research and Analysis of Halandri concluded that tank-type atomizers appear to deliver nicotine in more consistent quantities than electronic cigarettes that use cartomizers. This would make the last generation of vaping products as efficient and reliable in delivering nicotine as medicinal nebulizers and similar to the nicotine inhaler.
This study was funded by SEVIA with the assistance of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association that contracted the work.
SEVIA USA’s mission is clear:
1) Congress SHOULD NOT regulate vapor products as tobacco products, considering these products DO NOT actually contain tobacco leaf.
2) The FDA should modify the grandfather date to allow products currently on the market in order to avoid the Pre Market Tobacco Application (PMTA) process.
3) The FDA should create a streamlined process that allows companies to submit more reasonable applications for the vapor market.
We have formed a coalition of responsible Chinese electronic cigarette manufacturers concentrating our financial efforts and resources to keep vapor products affordable, accessible and with the variety needed in order to help smokers transition to a less harmful alternative. Moreover, looking forward to a regulatory path we want to enforce industry standards to assure consumer safety and confidence in Chinese manufacturing.
First orders of business?
* Team up with Vapor Technology Association to continue our drive for HR2058
* Assist with the litigation in the state of Indiana with Right 2 Be Smoke Free Coalition
* Assisting Gregory Conley and the American Vaping Association in order to continue our voice to be heard in mainstream media which is constantly attacking vaping.
Sevia wishes to thank Aspire, Innokin, Kangertech, and Smok for being on the front lines of forming this much needed association. United, they can make a change and hopefully this is a step in the right direction. A direction that will bring all stakeholders together to keep vaping products affordable and accessible to the millions of smokers and vapers in the US. We are proud to have played a small role in the forming of the organization and will continue to fight for tobacco harm reduction and the industry as a whole.
Dimitris Agrafiotis – Chairman SEVIA USA
Phil Busardo – Executive Assistant SEVIA USA
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