Vapor
Technology
Association

is the national trade association that is executing a coordinated federal and state lobbying strategy combined with an integrated public affairs strategy to protect the vapor industry.

Our Mission

The Vapor Technology Association represents the manufacturers, wholesalers, small business owners and entrepreneurs who have developed innovative and quality vapor products, providing adult consumers with a better alternative to traditional combustible products.

VTA’s mission is focused. Through innovative leadership in the industry, we strive to

  • Promote greater public health through smart regulations and responsible public policies
  • Transform the public debate around the vapor industry and dispel distorted and misleading information about vapor products
  • Keep the vapor market open and competitive across the board
  • Protect small business owners and their employees by ensuring the long-term viability of the vapor industry
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Vapor Technology Association executive director, Tony Abboud, argues regulators must crack down on black market vaping products on Fox Business. Watch video here: https://t.co/ibBBTLxMEF https://t.co/9F0Lk3xIKb VaporTechAssoc photo

We’re calling on regulators and lawmakers to enact 11 specific policies that will keep vapor products out of the hands of teens including implementing strict marketing standards and restricting ‘super high nicotine’ products to adult only stores. https://t.co/qvN52Q4EJ0 https://t.co/zpQzPOfc5l VaporTechAssoc photo

Today, the NY Appellate Court granted a TRO in the lawsuit brought by VTA, Benevolent ELiquids & Perfection Vapes to halt tomorrow's enforcement of the flavor ban. The panel unanimously ruled that the State is “temporarily enjoined and prevented from enforcing” the flavor ban. https://t.co/vDVBKvEvG2 VaporTechAssoc photo

Nicotine-containing vapor products are well-regulated. The FDA has a full list of the ingredients in every legally distributed e-liquid, those remain unchanged from August 2016. What has changed is the recent entry of illegal THC products. https://t.co/iIL9eHwju0 VaporTechAssoc photo

OHIO: Governor DeWine called for a statewide flavor ban on vapor products.

CLICK THE LINK to tell Ohio officials to OPPOSE THIS ACTION and STOP the flavor ban:
https://t.co/diR2QsKxRG https://t.co/Kpsj0FFMVX
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There is clear and compelling evidence that the recent lung illnesses are caused by unregulated, black market THC products—not regulated, nicotine-containing vapor products.

https://t.co/fqMOaMh9fA

Important News

VTA is always at the forefront of the biggest issues confronting the industry.
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VTA Responds to
CDC & FDA Statements on Illicit THC Vape

SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
VTA Applauds FDA’s Clear Statement on Avoiding Unregulated THC-Vape Products; Chides CDC for Continuing Misrepresentations.

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NY Health Dept Warns About THC - Not Nicotine - Products

SEPTEMBER 5, 2019
NY Health Department Clear Warning: Dangerous Substance Found in Illicit THC – Not Nicotine – Vapor Products

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VTA Asks Health Officials to Speak Responsibly

AUGUST 29, 2019

VTA Issues First Statement on Reported Cases of Lung Illnesses.

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VTA’s Fourth Annual Conference Registration closing soon! Sign up now! Join us on Capitol Hill! 
September 16-18, 2019.

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VTA Sues FDA Over Absence of PMTA Rule

VTA sues to force FDA to establish the long-awaited PMTA Rule and appropriate deadline for compliance.
Time to stop moving the goalposts.

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VTA’s Marketing Standards
for the Industry

We have aggressively pushed industry and policy makers to adopt marketing standards to eliminate potential appeal to youth.

What We Do

We are everywhere. Having grown to well over 800 members we are now engaged in advocating in 43 states and Washington, D.C. VTA is working tirelessly to defend the industry.
U.S. Congress
Federal advocacy on Capitol Hill. Our teams all fully engaged on the Hill every day representing our industry.
Administration & Agencies
Navigating the labyrinth of the Executive Branch and its various agencies and commissions, VTA’s team has a unique blend of experts who have the specific experience we need.
State Capitals
Experienced state advocacy professionals. VTA’s team covered 43 states this year defending our industry and advocating for more rational regulation.
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Education
We like to educate. Routine membership reports on developments in Washington, D.C., and in the states. Training, national conferences and regional workshops are the key tools we use.
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Guidance
Practical guidance from VTA’s seasoned team of regulatory experts helps members navigate the FDA and other relevant regulatory agencies at all levels of government.
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Public Affairs
Professional public affairs activities to combat hostile media and promote the benefits of vapor technology.

Our Leadership

VTA is fortunate to have experienced professionals at the helm.
Tony Abboud VTA
Tony Abboud
Executive Director, VTA

Tony is a government relations expert and litigator with 25 years experience in grassroots organizing, politics, state lobbying and the courtroom. Tony has spent the past decade defending vapor companies and companies in other heavily regulated industries against government over-reach. Tony brings his unique set of lobbying, legal, political and governmental experience to developing the strategic solutions that will enable vapor companies to succeed in a regulated world.

Jake Butcher VTA
Jake Butcher
State Affairs Manager, VTA
Jake is a state lobbyist and litigator who has and has developed innovative strategies for defending the vapor industry at the state level for years. Jake has a wide range of experience representing clients in the fields of energy, health care and higher education. Jake is responsible for coordinating state level lobbying strategies for VTA and its independent state vapor association affiliates. Jake also has extensive campaign experience, working on several successful statewide elections, State Senate and State House races.
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Kinn Elliot
Legislative Strategist, VTA
Kinn has close to 30 years of government affairs experience in lobbying, political action and grassroots activism. He has primarily worked in the healthcare sector navigating complex issues through the legislative and regulatory process for the leading physician association as well as a large biotechnology company.

4 Priorities for our Members

Keep the vaping markets open and competitive for both small and big players

Ensure the long-term
viability of the industry

Defeat bills that stifle technology critical to public health
Transform the public debate on vapor products

Our Executive Leadership

Our Board of Directors is lead by an accomplished Executive Committee.
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Brittani Cushman
Board President, Turning Point Brands
Brittani is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Turning Point Brands, a marketer and distributor of vapor products. Brittani provides industry leadership among like-sized manufacturers, advising on regulatory issues as they emerge and placing those issues in the context of both the current science and complex legal landscape of the vaping and tobacco industries.
Chris Howard
Chris Howard
Board Treasurer, E-Alternative Solutions
Chris is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for E-Alternative Solutions, a marketer and distributor of vapor products including the Cue Vapor System and Liquid Soul e-liquids. Previously, Chris was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Fontem Ventures (blu eCigs), providing legal counsel on e-vapor issues since 2012.
Jon Glauser VTA
Jon Glauser
Board Secretary, Demand Vape
Jon is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Demand vape, a vapor products distribution and marketing company in the United States. Jon has many years of experience in dealing with international imports, fostering and maintaining key business relationships both domestically and abroad, and is heavily involved in product development from the conceptual phase to market launch. He has been in the vaping industry since 2011.

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