WASHINGTON – The American E-liquid Manufacturing Standards Association (AEMSA) and the Smoke-Free Alternative Trade Association (SFATA) have launched a joint venture program dubbed the Youth Education, Protection and Prevention program, according to a joint press release.
The announcement comes after the two groups met with Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Center for Tobacco Products this spring to address the issue of underage vaping.
The Youth, Education, Protection and Prevention (YEPP) program developed by the two organizations takes a three-pronged approach to underage vaping. It educates young people on the dangers of vaping and nicotine addiction. It also explains to parents what vaping is and how to identify vaping products in their homes, and it suggests ways parents can open a dialogue with their minor about vaping. Finally, the program addresses issues confronting retailers, offering different methods for identifying minors and avoiding unintentional sales to underage consumers.
AEMSA and SFATA predominantly represent the open-tank vaping systems and primarily small business organizations. The organizations said they are known for education and professional industry manufacturing standards and created the YEPP campaign because it aligns with both groups’ long-time support of age-to-vape laws.