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The Purpose of the TVECA

The TVECA has been established to provide the media, legislative bodies and those that are currently using the electronic cigarette (e-cig) a single industry resource to simply provide the scientific facts behind a new technology that has garnered tremendous disinformation. Now with over 3.5 Million Americans using the e-cig and over 21 scientific studies of e-cig constituencies it is our mission to disseminate the facts and truths about a new technology smokers are actually using daily and health advocacy groups are aligned against.

Science, Compliance, Truth

The mission of the TVECA is to provide the media, legislative bodies and those interested the science behind the e-cig. The TVECA was also founded to institute and promote industry-wide standards and a code of conduct, work to maintain sound professional practices and work with governmental agencies to ensure member compliance to all state, local federal tobacco law.

The Voice of an industry

All TVECA members have been screened for compliance to all current industry standards and practices. All TVECA members adhere to principals of the TVECA. The TVECA acts as a voice for the e-cig industry. To speak to or schedule an interview with a TVECA principal or board member please Click Here

“ Regarding harm to third parties & to the public interest, the district court observed the FDA had cited no evidence to show that electronic cigarettes harmed anyone. ”

2014 Electronic Cigarette Conference, China

Speaking points for Mr Ray Story, Chief Executive Officer, Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association
Draft of 28 August 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a pleasure and an honor for me to be speaking to you today and I would like to thank the organizers of this conference for the invitation. This conference brings together many distinguished executives of the electronic cigarette industry. The fact that we are gathered with so many today is a token of the truly revolutionary growth of this industry and of the incredible potential that is still ahead of us for this product that provides smokers with a viable alternative to conventional tobacco products.

Those of you who know me, and I am pleased to see so many friends and colleagues today, know I am not a newcomer to this industry. I came to this industry many years ago when e-cigarettes were not as present and appreciated as now and I take pride in the fact that I have been contributing to building up the industry as well as the regulatory framework in different parts of the world.

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An Open Letter to Hawaiian Senator Roz Baker

Dear Senator Roz Baker,

We are Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (, and we are writing this open letter to you respectfully on behalf of the electronic cigarette industry. We will address to you and report to the “e-cig” industry in regards to your shockingly cavalier, wholly un-researched and entirely dismissive email reply to one of our members who reached out to you to initiate a sincere dialogue in regard to your sponsored Hawaiian Bill SB2495 “Relating to Electronic Smoking Devices”. Your reply to our member was wholly unprofessional from a person in your position and extremely dismissive of an industry deserving great respect for the work that is being done to provide a more logical and vastly less harmful option for smokers and those who freely choose to enjoy the stimulating effects of nicotine.

To refresh your memory you wrote in regard to his email asking a no vote on the bill the following:

TVECA welcomes the adoption of the Tobacco Products Directive and a harmonised regulatory framework for electronic cigarettes in Europe

Strasbourg, 26 February 2014

“Today’s vote in the European Parliament is a milestone towards a harmonised regulatory framework for electronic cigarettes in Europe and ideally globally. We will continue to work with the European Commission and EU Member States to ensure this less harmful alternative to conventional tobacco products is widely available to smokers while strictly and uniformly regulated.” - Ray Story, CEO of TVECA

Commenting from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Ray Story, CEO of TVECA, said “the Directive recognises e-cigarettes as a specific product within the Tobacco Products Directive and introduces strict quality, safety, packaging and labelling standards thus setting a new standard for the protection for consumers in the world”.

While the Directive will lead to higher costs for the sector to comply with all the new requirements it also will contribute to the sector’s longevity and thus to a solid future for the electronic cigarette as a less harmful alternative to conventional tobacco products.


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Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association

The TVECA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a sensible and responsible electronic cigarette market by providing the media, legislative bodies and consumers with education, communication and research.

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