Group shirt order

grouporderWe have put together a group order on embroidered polo shirts for anyone that wishes to have something nicer than a screen printed t-shirt. We have designs for both men and women in a single color for each. The group order closes on December 2nd and if the minimum order has been met, will be shipped directly to Aaron with the UTSFA who will distribute in time for Christmas. Payments must be made directly with the supplier of which the UTSFA are not involved with and the UTSFA makes zero profit from the sale of the shirts. If the minimum order does not get met, we will look into ordering directly and selling individually at a later date.
 

Ladies Polos (min of 10): https://www.customink.com/g/dgr0-00at-ufn0
Men’s Polos (min of 20): https://www.customink.com/g/dgr0-00at-ufzh
 

If you have any question or issues with ordering, please contact us using our contact form.

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2016 Elections

electionWe are now almost just days away from the 2016 election. This has been one of the most talked about election years in modern history so we’ll spare you all the details because most of you have your opinions clearly set. We also will never tell anyone how they should vote as we believe this is in poor taste and is an individual decision each of you must make. Each of you should vote your conscious for the individuals you feel BEST represent your beliefs and views. The only thing we do strongly suggest is to avoid voting straight party as in our opinion, this is lazy and keeps the same people in power that have placed our state or country in the position it is today.

 

Registering to vote:

In Utah, the deadline to register has already passed so your only option is online. You must submit the online form no later than November 1st to be eligible to vote in the election. https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/index.html

 

Contacting the candidates:
We encourage everyone to get out and contact everyone running for public office in your district or state. Most should have Facebook accounts that they or their staff monitor daily and is an easy way to get a message to them. You should also look for their campaign pages online and contact them via email that way so there is a good paper trail. We have already received responses to most messages sent and at least one has generated a face-to-face meeting. Some suggestions on things to discuss (industry related of course):
  • What are their views about the vapor industry
  • Tell your personal quit story but keep it short (2-3 sentences max)
  • Have access to the latest science that you can quote and provide
  • Any other topic that is important to YOU…remember, YOU are the one voting and they will be working to represent your views.

Regardless of how you feel about the presidential race, it is CRITICAL everyone gets out and votes this election. Almost all positions state-wide are up for reelection so this is the best time to let your voice be heard and unlike the presidential race, your vote matters more now than ever.

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Hands For A Billion Lives Demonstration

On Saturday October 22nd at 2:22pm at the Utah State Capitol and in hundreds of locations world-wide at the exact same time in their time zone, communities joined hands in silent demonstration. Today, we joined hands as a visual demonstration of support for the 1 billion smokers who will die needlessly due to smoking-related disease if our government insists on overregulation and taxation thereby destroying the only hope of stopping over 480,000 deaths in the US.

A new award winning and Oscar nominated documentary “A Billion Lives” tells the history about collusion and corruption between our government, health agencies and big industry set to kill off the vaping industry and seal the fate of 1 billion smokers worldwide. This movie is premiering on November 3rd in Salt Lake City and the community is standing up for the truth that scientists around the world are saying can save lives.

We ask for everyone’s support of the public’s right to accurate and evidence based information on vapor products thereby allowing them to choose a safer alternative for themselves and their loved ones. Please see the short 3 minute video below of our demonstration on the capitol grounds.
Stories from our community:

 

From LM Fisher: Today, my husband Kevin Fisher & I participated in Hands for a Billion Lives here in Utah at the state capitol. We are glad that we went!

I wanted to remember and honor our dear friend Fiamma Palermo, who lost her battle to lung cancer in May this year, 2016. Although going through many months of chemo & radiation, the cancer in her lungs, from 55 years of smoking cigarettes prevailed. Fiamma (aka Karen Lee, aka Sweets) was a positive force in the vaping industry and a big advocate for it. Proof that vaping works, proof that smoking cigarettes kill, even though she had stopped smoking. Proof that vaping can help, as it added much valued time to her life, that was ultimately cut short from her years of smoking.

She cared for each and every one of us who vape, and specially cared to get cigarette smokers transitioned into vaping. Fiamma touched many many of our lives. May you rest in peace dear friend! We are always grateful the our paths crossed!

 

From Michael Gene:

Day 77, admission, and 3 part post.

I wish I could say that day 77 has left me 100% smoke free but it hasn’t. In the last 3 weeks I’ve smoked a total of 5 cigarettes, last one yesterday at work. 56 days straight and then I slipped a bit, but I didn’t fall flat on my face. And, that’s OK, I’ve never professed to be perfect, only human, and extremely motivated when I take on an endeavor of personal change. The only other one greater was changing me in order to give my kids the best life possible as a single father. So, in a way they are one in the same endeavor.

Say what you will about vaping, there’s plenty of jokes about it, but it’s not a fad for me. It’s been the tool that has kept my from lighting up 2305 times since I committed 77 days ago. It could have been 2310 times, but those 5 snuck in there. That’s a 0.21645% failure rate on my part. Or, better yet, a 99.78355% success rate in 77 days for a man that smoked for 31 years. Vaping as the best NRT for me, yeah it is working. You either support me or you don’t, if you don’t, well you don’t put the food on the table or the roof over my kids heads, I do.

Now, I recognize that I left two huge holes in my post so let me sew those up. It’s not a joke to me, it’s not funny, I’m adding potential years back on my life, so go be funny somewhere else if you’re gonna make a stupid joke in reply. And two, for anyone that is going to reply and say something about being addicted to nicotine, well, here’s food for thought. The nicotine I do intake vaping is much, much less harmful for me physically than the food we eat off of store shelves. And, tenfold less harmful than that fast food meal. So, to all the naysayers, educate yourself, and look at your personal habits before you comment, ever again about my vape posts.

To all the NRT vapers out there, this is to you.

Butson out….

 

From Kevin Fisher:

My wife LM Fisher and I spent part of our afternoon in a silent protest at our states capital in Salt Lake City UT to have access to a safer alternative to tobacco products!

The picture below is my Mom and Dad James and Nora Fisher. Both of my parents passed away from smoking related illnesses. It is no secret that I am a vaper and I am very proud to be so. My mom passed away in 2006 and my dad followed in 2008. Both had quick smoking 4 or 5 years before their passing. I honest believe that if they had the choice/freedom to choose a healthier alternative I might of had more time on this earth with them. My dad is retired military (USN) passed away from lung cancer, this was probably the most difficult thing to ever witness in my life…..I am smoke free thanks to vaping, I am almost nicotine free thanks to vaping.

I know if they were still with us today they would be very proud of the demon I have conquered.

fisher

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2nd showing of A Billion Lives

Thanks to the hard work by UTSFA member Riverwalk Vapors, Salt Lake City will have a 2nd showing for A Billion Lives.

The United Nations’ World Health Organization projects that a billion people will die this century from smoking. This award winning and Oscar contending documentary highlights the lies and corruption by top governments and health agencies around the world intent on allowing smokers to die all in the name of money.

Big brother has lied again…They’re trying to force an entire industry out of business that is helping people to stop smoking.    ~ Herman Cain

The truth about the corruption will be aired at 10pm on Thursday November 10th at Brewvies Cinema Pub in Salt Lake City. Smoking related disease kills Utah smokers at a rate of nearly 5 times that of the opioid epidemic and our state is not doing enough to fix the problem.

“The makers of this film did their due diligence, the narrative of this movie is immaculate.”     ~Kevin Crowley

Tickets are $13 each (with an add’l $1 processing fee) and must be purchased online via: https://www.tugg.com/events/a-billion-lives-bukd. The ticket fees cover the cost of the theater rental, fees for distribution (Tugg), production company costs and a percentage of the ticket sales are returned to the Utah Smoke Free Association to support statewide advocacy.

We encourage everyone in the community to reach out directly to their elected representatives to alert them to this premier and suggest they make the time to view it. The UTSFA is happy to provide tickets to them at no cost to them or the taxpayers but they will need to request it directly from us.

We have created a Facebook event to help show support and provide a location for people to discuss the event https://www.facebook.com/events/1365334500152088/

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Hands for A Billion Lives

handsThe Utah vaping family is invited to participate in a one of a kind GLOBAL call to action. We are asking for EVERY vaper in Utah to join together at the Utah State Capitol (South steps) on Saturday October 22nd at exactly 2:22 pm (need to be early so you can be in place by this time). At this exact time, vapers from around the world will be joining hands in solidarity to support the estimated 1 billion lives that will be lost this century due to smoking related disease. This event is not sponsored by any single industry organization to demonstrate the power we have as a community to come together to help save lives.

 

This movement is about exposing the threat to a billion lives from over-regulation of the vapor products, which will shut down 99% of the vapor industry and deny access to these products to Americans who would otherwise smoke. Today, We are building a wall to protect those billion lives who will die needlessly due to smoking-related disease if our government refuses to allow these products to remain on the market.

 

This will be a silent protest about exposing the threat to a billion lives from over-regulation of the vapor products, which will shut down 99% of the vapor industry and deny access to these products to Americans who would otherwise smoke.
On this day, we are building a wall to protect those billion lives who will die needlessly due to smoking-related disease if our government refuses to allow these products to remain on the market.

 

Some rules for the event that we ask everyone to please follow:

  1. This is a peaceful SILENT movement. No outburst, chanting, rallying. We can’t deliver the message that we are forming a wall to protect a billion lives and look positive and caring if we are ranting and raving about how the FDA sucks.
  2. Every person is responsible for their neighbor. Each of you are in charge of your neighbor and their actions. If your neighbor starts to act out, take action to help stop their behavior. Guilt works amazingly. “Hey, it is your responsibility to represent the community and you are making us look as irresponsible as they think we are. Stop. Show them we don’t want people to die, not that you want to kill someone.”
  3. Everyone is to direct media inquires to Shilo Platts, co-President of SFATA Utah. We want to deliver the exact same message across the country so it’s important that he be the ONLY media contact for this event.
  4. For this brief period it is imperative that we are not blowing clouds, doing vape tricks, etc. Remember why we all got into vaping and what the industry stands for (hint: it’s NOT clouds brah).

 

If you are a store owner, please print this flyer and place it on the tasting bar, next to your register and on your doors. Make sure your employees talk to all your customers about it. If you are a consumer, we encourage you to bring your significant others or family members with you that are old enough to understand what our industry is all about. Lastly, we are asking anyone who has lost a friend or family member as a consequence of tobacco-related illness to bring a picture of that individual with them to the protest.

 

To join the event, please register your interest on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1346568058710382/

 

For more information on the Hands for A Billion Lives global event, please visit http://www.handsforabillionlives.com/

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A Billion Lives SLC

Thanks to the hard work by UTSFA member Riverwalk Vapors, Salt Lake City will be a host city for A Billion Lives.

The United Nations’ World Health Organization projects that a billion people will die this century from smoking. This award winning and Oscar contending documentary highlights the lies and corruption by top governments and health agencies around the world intent on allowing smokers to die all in the name of money.

Big brother has lied again…They’re trying to force an entire industry out of business that is helping people to stop smoking.    ~ Herman Cain

The truth about the corruption will be aired at 9:30pm on Thursday November 3rd at Brewvies Cinema Pub in Salt Lake City. The Utah Smoke Free Association has sent tickets to top Utah government officials, elected representatives, health agencies and media so they may attend and learn about the corruption many of them have unknowingly fallen prey to. Smoking related disease kills Utah smokers at a rate of nearly 5 times that of the opioid epidemic and our state is not doing enough to fix the problem.

“The makers of this film did their due diligence, the narrative of this movie is immaculate.”     ~Kevin Crowley

As of this posting, there are less than 60 tickets available for this one night only show. Tickets are $13 each (with an add’l $1 processing fee) and must be purchased online via: https://www.tugg.com/events/a-billion-lives-putz. The ticket fees cover the cost of the theater rental, fees for distribution (Tugg), production company costs and a percentage of the ticket sales are returned to the Utah Smoke Free Association to support statewide advocacy.

We encourage everyone in the community to reach out directly to their elected representatives to alert them to this premier and suggest they make the time to view it. The UTSFA is happy to provide tickets to them at no cost to them or the taxpayers but they will need to request it directly from us.

We have created a Facebook event to help show support and provide a location for people to discuss the event https://www.facebook.com/events/314815875557279/

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Fight for Vaping

vapefightSeptember marks the time of the year that the UTSFA begins to refocus our time and effort away from the summer and towards the January start of the legislative session. On September 24th, we will be co-hosting our annual fundraiser to raise funds not only for Utah advocacy, but most importantly for the fight on the federal level. What’s going to happen in Utah is still a mystery but we can tell you we have some things of our own in the works. What we expect to happen this year is:

  • A return of Students Against Electronic Vaping, a statewide high school group
  • A third return of Tobacco21
  • A fifth attempt at taxation
  • A bill to ban all vaping at vapor specialty retailers
  • A bill to clean up the 2015 HB0415 bill due to the FDA deeming regulations
  • A bill to address the federally illegal nature of prior bills

We believe this to just be a partial list of what will come our way this next session. This will be the most active legislative session to date and we need all hands on deck. We need the ENTIRE community to be in close contact with their elected representatives so they understand our community is large and will not sit back and be walked all over.

Advocacy isn’t as cheap as it once was as the battles now require the industry to employ a team of lobbyists and attorneys to help keep the bills at bey and doing significant damage to the industry. Simply showing up to hearings and meetings is no longer enough.

If you own an industry business and are in Utah but are not supporting the local fight financially, please understand one important point. If a tax bill passes, the Utah industry will end and your business will close. It takes lobbyists and the strong relationships we have with several powerful national organizations who back the UTSFA efforts to keep this from happening. Look what happened in Pennsylvania, Washington DC and other areas that passed their taxes. Within weeks of the tax passing, businesses started closing down and employees were left without jobs. Lobbyists and Attorneys are NOT cheap and we need ALL businesses to contribute to the local fight so we have sufficient funds. We also try and be prepared to bring in some very powerful national allies but alas, they too are not free.

If you are a business and want a stronger voice in the fight, click here to join as a member or a sponsor and stand up to help us fight back. If you are a consumer, consider donating $20 or as much as you can to help out – this is less than one Beans & Brew speciality coffee a week. To see which of the excellent Utah industry businesses contribute financially to help protect our right to vape, click here.

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September 2016 Utah Regulations Update

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As many have seen, the Utah Dept of Health has released an update to the HB0415 regulations (Rule R384-415) on September 1st. Anyone may submit public comment through 5pm MDT on October 3rd and providing no further updates are required, will have an effective date of 10/10/2016.  The changes are intended to clarify the rule in light of the FDA’s Tobacco Control Act Deeming Rule.

You may review the revised rules by clicking here

The UTSFA has reviewed the updates to the regulations and the following is our assessment of the language:

  • Requirements for batch numbers have been removed, any FDA requirements remain
  • Requirements for specific qualities of ingredients has been removed
  • Requirements for Utah specific labeling requirements have been aligned to match FDA requirements. This means,
    • No requirement for tamper evident warning
    • No unique Utah language for nicotine warning, any FDA requirements remain
    • No requirement for manufacturing name, any FDA requirements remain
    • No requirement for an ingredient list, any FDA requirements remain
    • A Utah specific requirement for non-nicotine warning was added
  • The maximum nicotine content rule remains
    • The rule allowing for a 10% variance in nicotine content of a final mixed product has been removed
  • Requirement for use of a tamper-evident feature has been removed
  • Enforcement of the rules remains with the Departments of Health
  • Requirements for record keeping has been removed.
  • Language added that allows for only the sale of FDA approved products after August 8, 2019.

Based on a few of the items above, the UTSFA will likely be submitting feedback during the public comment period to try and correct a few items we believe are in violation of the new federal regulations and express our concern the modifications were done in isolation without input from the committee who designed the regulations. As further updates become available, the UTSFA will inform the community accordingly.

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Casino night advocacy fundraiser

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The Utah Smoke Free Association and the Wyoming chapter of SFATA have teamed up for our 2nd annual Advocacy Casino Night fundraiser to support vaping advocacy. The majority of all proceeds raised will go to support the Right to be Smoke-Free Coalition (www.r2bsmokefree.org) and their legal fund for the FDA lawsuit and 100% of all proceeds will stay in advocacy.

Following Wyoming and Federal laws, this event is open to the public and you must be 18 or older with a valid government issued ID to enter – MUST HAVE CURRENT AND VALID ID TO ENTER, NO EXCEPTIONS

Admission is $10 (cash only) for entry only or $15 (cash only) if you want event entry PLUS the gift bag, casino points, beverage coupon & 5 prize tickets (only 50 gift bags available).

We have Casino Parties of Utah providing gambling fun for all participants from 5-9pm with Blackjack, Craps and Roulette tables. There will be food provided along with soda, beer and malt beverages (21+ strictly enforced) for an additional cost. We are also working on bringing in advocacy experts to talk to everyone about the federal and state battles to help each of you fight back against the unjust regulations.

Please see our Facebook event for full details: https://www.facebook.com/events/562646627270722/

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August 8th 2016

aug8Today marks the last day before the deeming regulations kick in. As of tomorrow, the landscape of the vapor industry as we know it changes dramatically. This is just a snapshot of what this means for our beloved industry:

  • Vapor businesses are being forced to lie to consumers and are not allowed to make any claims through advertising, public statements, or their customers that these products are at least 95% less harmful, have fewer or no additives, has no tar or carbon monoxide when compared to other tobacco products. This ONLY applies to businesses though so for the consumers, keep preaching the truth because you are now the only voice of truth we have.
  • Shops, manufacturers and advocacy organizations are no longer allowed to give away free samples to the consumers; this applies to flavor sampling and giving away free product via rewards (“Buy 2 get 1” IS acceptable however). Customers MUST pay for sampling BEFORE you can sample a new flavor. For our retailers, you will need a SKU set up in you POS where you can record and show evidence of the charge. If you are a consumer, today August 7th, is the last day you can sample without paying so get out there TODAY and support your local vape shops to try as many of the new lines that have been introduced in the last few months.
  • No new products, improvements to existing products or innovations may be introduced to the market. This means:
    • No new liquids that were not previously sold or marketed prior to August 8th can be introduced.
    • Retailers must stop building coils & changing cotton
    • Retailers cannot teach a customer how to assemble their device and use it safely, fill their tanks, drip e-liquid on cotton or offer a repair service.
  • All retailers MUST check your government issued photo ID for EVERY customer who appears under the age of 27 – no exceptions. Even if you are a customer who has frequented the location for years, you must produce your ID for every single transaction if you appear under 27.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone and as of Monday, our retailers and manufacturers will be officially entering into a new time of uncertainty. We ask all consumers to remain patient with the businesses while they work to ensure they meet all the necessary regulations. There is still much work to be done on their side to meet the upcoming further deadlines so please be understanding. We would like to ask all consumers to funnel their frustration towards the federal fight. There are a few things you can do to help:

  1. Visit august8th.org to fill out the form and urge your federal representatives to support HR2058 and the Cole/Bishop Amendment.
  2. Participate in the #WeAreVapor call to action by taking a photo in front of your favorite shop and posting to social media and tagging your federal representatives http://utsmokefree.org/2016/07/vta-consumer/
  3. Support the Right2Be Smoke Free Coalition by donating money to help fund the lawsuit against the FDA https://www.r2bsmokefree.org/donations/fda-contribution/
  4. Every vapor business should be supporting advocacy through joining or financially supporting an organization of your choice who helps fight the local battles. There are national organizations such as SFATA, CASAA, AVA, and VTA who are focused heavily on the national FDA fight and they need & deserve your support too.

We ask all customers to please NOT get angry at your retailer as they must do all this to follow federal laws to avoid stiff penalties. This is NOT the time to give up but you should NOT stay calm. We must work TOGETHER instead of against one another and focus our attention on the preservation of the industry that each one of you fought hard to build. Write your congressman, send in letters to the editor of your local papers, donate money to the cause but do not just sit back expecting advocates to fight the fight. This is a time that our #VapeFam must come together to fight. This is a battle that will take EVERYONE to participate in to help win back the industry that was founded to save lives….#ABillionLives

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