Friday, October 31, 2014

How CASAA Members Can Help

Members often tell us they don't have a lot of time or money, but they want to help. The main thing CASAA needs is members getting our information out to the public and recruiting new members. Below is a list of things that only cost you a little time and effort. CASAA needs members to do these things more than ever. Without your involvement, CASAA cannot succeed!

Join CASAA

If you haven't yet, make sure you've joined CASAA by using the form at Become A Member. It's quick and it's free!


By signing up, you add your contact information to CASAA's contact database. This allows us to email you with information on legislation and ordinance alerts for your state. We also send you occasional newsletters. You will not receive advertisements, donation requests or any other kind of spam. CASAA uses a well-known, trusted and secure system. You may unsubcribe from CASAA emails at any time by clicking the "Secure Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any email.

When you join, be sure to choose the "CASAA Member (General)" list to get all of these alerts.


Write Down and Save Your Story


CASAA frequently posts Calls to Action and links to articles, asking you to share your story with lawmakers and the media. Be prepared by taking some time to write down important facts, such as:

  • How you discovered electronic cigarettes or other smoke-free alternatives
  • What methods you have used previously to try to quit smoking and how they worked for you
  • How the product helped you quit smoking
  • How it has affected your health
  • What features of the product are important to helping you quit (ie. flavors, nicotine strengths, types of devices)
  • How use bans and sales restrictions would affect your ability to stay quit
Submit Your Testimonial

Now that you have your story written down, please submit it to CASAA's E-cigarette User Testimonials Collection.

Sign Up On A State List

When signing up to join or editing your profile, be sure to also check the box in the list of your home state. CASAA frequently sends "targeted" emails that are state specific. If you do not check the box for your state you will not get state-specific emails.

Join The Conversation

It's important to learn and stay informed! CASAA has members discussing the issues on social media and on forums. Join us on Facebook, the We are CASAA Facebook group, Twitter, the CASAA Forum on E-Cigarette-Forum.com, Skype, Instagram and Google+. The links are on the bottom of our website home page.

Answer Calls To Action

Calls to Action are issued for state and federal-level legislation. If you've signed up for a specific state list, you will get an email notifying you if something happens in your state. If you've included your city in your contact information, you will also receive alerts for your city (if you live in a major, metropolitan area.) CASAA writes and posts Calls to Action on our blog and then syndicates links out to Facebook, our RRS feed and Twitter.

The post will include information on the bill and a link to it on the government website. We let you know how the bill would impact you, who to contact and "talking points" to send to your lawmakers. We will also tell you if there are any hearings scheduled and where and when they will be held.

Calls to Action are the cornerstone of CASAA activism. Local citizens contacting their lawmakers (especially by phone and in person) and showing up to tell their story at hearings is by far the most effective, grassroots way of combating these laws. You cannot count on "someone else" going instead. The more people that show up to oppose the bill or ordinance, even if they do not all speak, the better the chances of blocking a bad law. Nothing makes politicians take pause more than seeing a lot of opposition to a proposed law from their constituents. While it doesn't always work, it has a far better chance than doing nothing at all. You can be sure that organizations that support the law will be there to convince lawmakers to pass that law. Hearing your stories on how the law would negatively impact you and your family carries a lot of emotional weight - don't underestimate that power!

Just as importantly, show your support for the "good" laws, such as simple bans on sales to minors and laws aimed to protect you.

Watch For Proposed State Laws And Report Them To CASAA

If you see a news story about a new tobacco, e-cigarette or even smoking state tax or law (they often hide things in smoking bans, such as including e-cigarettes), find all of the information we need and report it to CASAA using the Request Call to Action form. For a local, county or city proposed law or ordinance, please contact the Vaping Militia. The Vaping Militia has taken on the task of handling local Calls to Action.

It is very important that ALL of the requested information is filled out on the form. The CASAA board is overwhelmed with proposed legislation across the country and doesn't have to time research every one of them. We rely heavily on members finding all of the information we need so we can quickly post it and get it out to the membership and social media. Here is the information we need for national or state-level actions:

  • Your contact information
  • The state that would be affected by the law
  • The bill number (which is usually something like SB 440 or AB 762)
  • A link to the actual bill language and bill tracking on the state's website
  • A detailed description of what the bill would do, such as an indoor/outdoor use ban , locensing requirements or a tax increase (with the amount)
  • The name, email address and phone number of bill sponsor
  • A list of each person on the committee, council or legislative body considering the bill. You can usually find this information on the government website for the state or municipality. Collect the names, email addresses and direct phone number for each person and type or copy/paste them into the form
  • After collecting the contact information, copy the email address for each representative and paste them into the form, separated by a comma. This creates a "comma delimited email list" that members can copy and paste into their email for a bulk emailing
It may be helpful to look at previous CASAA Calls to Action, to see how they were done and the information we need from you: CASAA Calls to Action

Share Calls To Action, Local Alerts And Press Releases

When CASAA posts important information to Facebook, don't just "like" the posts. Be sure to "share" them on your personal timeline and with other like-minded groups!

For press releases, don't stop with sharing them with friends - share them with your local news outlets on their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts! Take a little time to collect and save the email addresses, Twitter accounts and Facebook links for your local newspaper editors and television news station "story idea" directors. CASAA press releases will be mailed to you via our contact database, forward that email to the newspapers and news stations on your list.

Don't forget to share CASAA information with bloggers, internet radio and video vape show hosts, too! CASAA has multiple RSS feeds to subscribe to here.

Join Enthusiast Groups And Tell Them About CASAA

Enthusiast groups are popping up everywhere, especially with e-cigarette consumers. Many still do not know what is happening regarding legislation or they don't know what they can do about it. Join both online and local groups and let them know about CASAA!

Tell Your Vendor About CASAA

Visit stores in person or contact online vendors, let them know the work CASAA is doing and that we need their support and involvement. Membership is free even for vendors! CASAA strives to keep its website and handout materials free of advertising to be a neutral place for store owners to send their customers for information about smokeless alternatives. We can say the things they can't say regarding the safety and efficacy of the products they sell and we have materials they can use, such as the folded informational business cards, flyers and display stands. Ask your online vendors to download display the "We Support CASAA" logo and link to casaa.org on their website.

Donate A CASAA Vendor Display Kit 

The CASAA store has a vendor display kit for local stores that includes a display stand with card holder, insert poster and 250 folded informational business cards for $30 (our cost.) In lieu of a monetary donation directly to CASAA, consider purchasing one or more kits and taking them to local stores to put on their counter instead.

Hand Out CASAA Literature and Cards

The CASAA web site has downloadable flyers, a medical inforgraph, cards, brochures and research that you can print and give out at vape meets and to family members, smokers, customers, doctors, employers and lawmakers. You can also purchase the CASAA folded informational cards from our store.


CASAA Printable Material
CASAA Store

Donate to CASAA

Please donate to CASAA using the form found here: Donate to CASAA

You can either do a one-time donation or set up a recurring monthly donation. CASAA uses PayPal and Dwolla, but you can also use a credit card (if you don't use PayPal) or pay by check/money order. CASAA uses these funds to pay for the website maintenance, domain names, press releases, Constant Contact (email database), GoToMeeting (member meetings), directors' travel expenses, accountant services, phone service, PO Box, printing materials, graphic licenses and more.

CASAA also maintains a separate Research Fund, which pays for our survey subscription, research assistant and research grants. You can find out more and donate to the Research Fund here: CASAA Research Fund

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