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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On this #MemorialDay, VTA thanks all those who have selflessly served their country with bravery and courage. We honor and remember all those who have made the greatest sacrifice for our nation. You are our heroes!
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VTA WEEKLY UPDATE: Check out our weekly report, From the Trenches, for a play-by-play account of our efforts to #SaveVapor
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Please join us in welcoming VTA’s newest Platinum Member and our FIRST member from the UK: @RiotSquadVapes from London, England! Riot Squad will be joining VTA’s Board of Directors. Thanks for joining us in our fight to #SaveVapor
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VTA in the News: VTA Executive Director Tony Abboud sheds lights on the devastating economic and public health consequences of NY's ban on flavored vapor products. Read here:
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MICHIGAN VICTORY: The temporary restraining order that stopped Gov Whitmer’s flavored vapor ban last fall was upheld by the Michigan Appellate Court. The Court concluded that even giving deference to the State, the emergency order banning flavors was likely to be found unlawful.
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Michigan appeals court sides with vape shop, against flavored vaping ban

VTA: Gov. DeSantis Veto SB810

March 20, 2020

VTA:  “Now is the time to support, not close, small businesses.”  Veto SB 810!

Dunham: SB 810 Will Lay Off 4,500 in Florida

March 19, 2020

Dunham & Associates: SB 810 will close hundreds of small businesses

HR 2339: Big Gift to Big Tobacco

February 27, 2020

Experts: HR 2339 will benefit Big Tobacco; hurt small businesses  

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NIH Funded Experts: Vapor Taxes Increase Smoking

February 27, 2020

Two NIH-funded reports conclude that HR2339 Tax Will Increase Smoking 

HR 2339 Flavor Ban Will Decimate Small Business

February 26, 2020

HR 2339 will not protect youth and will shutter small businesses.

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Federal Flavor Ban Economic Impact Analysis

November 22, 2019

Economist: flavor ban will kill 151,000 jobs; close 13K small businesses

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Universal Opposition to Banning Flavors

October 28, 2019

I Vape I Vote Still

Detailed Poll Results

October 28, 2019

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21 & DONE!

September 25, 2019

VTA: Administration & Congress Should Implement 21 & Done! 

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VTA Responds to
CDC & FDA Statements on Illicit THC Vape

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


NY Health Dept Warns About THC - Not Nicotine - Products

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.


Educate - Collaborate

VTA’s Fourth Annual Conference Registration closing soon! Sign up now! Join us on Capitol Hill! 

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VTA Sues FDA Over Absence of PMTA Rule

VTA sues to force FDA to establish the long-awaited PMTA Rule & appropriate deadline for compliance.

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VTA 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 Capitols
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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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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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

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.

Kinn ElliotT
Head of State Government Affairs
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.
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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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