Welcome to TSFA!

The Tennessee Smoke Free Association is an advocacy group and trade organization with a focus on Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) through the use of personal vaporizers (electronic cigarettes) and other smokeless tobacco products shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with smoking. We focus on the prevention of tobacco harm and seek to cooperate with the Tennessee Health Agencies to function for the greater health of the Tennessee public as well as monitoring the legislation for or against our movement of tobacco harm reduction. The TSFA was formed in 2014 to provide support and education regarding alternative methods of THR after seeing many years of failed attempts by our public health agencies to reduce smoking rates in the region.Learn more

Are e-cigarettes safe?

While anything containing nicotine cannot be called 100% safe, evidence from numerous studies strongly suggests that they are magnitudes safer than tobacco cigarettes. Harm reduction experts can point to research supporting that switching from cigarettes to a smokefree product will reduce health risks to less than 1% of smoking traditional cigarettes - nearly the same as non-smokers.


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Do e-cigarettes cause cancer just like tobacco cigarettes?

Though testing by the FDA and some researchers have discovered trace amounts of tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are known to cause cancer with high exposure, the amounts found were extremely low and unlikely to cause cancer.


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Can e-cigarettes help me quit smoking?

E-cigarettes are not approved to be marketed as nicotine cessation products like the nicotine gums and patches on the market. However, that doesn't mean that some smokers haven't found them an effective way to wean from nicotine. There is also a lot of real-world evidence and even some studies that strongly indicate that e-cigarettes....


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What are electronic cigarettes?

 

Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes or personal vaporizers) are an alternative to tobacco cigarettes. They are battery-operated devices that create a mist or vapor that is inhaled instead of smoke. The rechargeable battery powers a heating element called an "atomizer." The element uses low heat to turn liquid in the cartridge, which contains propylene glycol, glycerin, food flavoring and nicotine, into a fog-like mist.
There are many models of e-cigarettes available. Some look like traditional cigarettes, others look similar to a pen and some even look like small flashlights. Some have LED lights, some have built-in liquid reservoirs, others have combined atomizer cartridges, some are tubular and some are even rectangular boxes. They come in all shapes and sizes and have different features for former smokers who wish to distance themselves from anything resembling a traditional cigarette or want a longer battery life and/or better performance.


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Latest News

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TSFA Launches Consumer Membership Program

May 28, 2015

Over the last six months we have had an overwhelming interest from consumers on how they can contribute to the Tennessee Smoke Free Association. While we continue to encourage vapers to support the TSFA primarily by shopping with vendors who support the TSFA, we are rolling out a Consumer Membership program. Consumer Members will receive […]


TSFA Responds to the FDA Deeming Regulations of Vapor Products

May 12, 2016

  The FDA Deeming Regulations were published on May 10th 2016. The effect on vaping will be dramatic for the industry as well as consumers who depend on these products to stay off combustible tobacco. After three years in the making and completely ignoring comments, meetings and concerns that the stake holders have expressed, the […]


TN CALL TO ACTION!

June 22, 2015

*ATTENTION VENDORS IN CHUCK FLEISCHMANN’S DISTRICT* The congressman sits on the Appropriations Committee that is handling bill HR2058. There are over 20 shops represented by him and its extremely important we reach out to him and his staffers for support. I am copying Gregory Conley’s instructions for you to follow. PLEASE DO THIS ASAP! *BUSINESS […]


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TSFA Vendors Participate in SFATA Fly-In to DC

June 15, 2015

  On Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, accompanied by vape store owners and representatives all across Tennessee, I went to Washington, D.C. to meet on Capitol Hill to express the concerns of the Tennessee vaping industry. For those of us who attended, it was an incredible experience to be in that historic place, with a cause. […]


What is Tobacco Harm Reduction?


Tobacco harm reduction describes actions taken to lower the health risks associated with using tobacco or nicotine. A very important part of tobacco harm reduction is simply educating people about the risks of different sources of nicotine.