The Georgia Smoke Free Association is consumer 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 Georgia Health Agencies to function for the greater health of the Georgia public as well as monitoring the legislation for or against our movement of tobacco harm reduction. The GSFA was formed in 2015 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.
Each of us smoked for many years but failed at quitting through countless attempts following our doctors advice at using NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy), cold-turkey, hypnosis, and many other alternative methods. None of us expected personal vaporizers (electronic cigarettes) to work but for each of us, it did with incredible results.
The Georgia Smoke Free Association is a 5013c not for profit corporation comprised of consumers, retail vendors, manufacturers and supporters.
What is Tobacco Harm Reduction?
Tobacco Harm Reduction is a complimentary approach seeking to prevent or reduce the overall harm caused by smoking tobacco products. We base our approach on the recognition that many people throughout the state continue to smoke tobacco despite the strongest efforts by our health agencies to prevent the continued use smoked tobacco products. Tobacco Harm Reduction takes a unique approach at educating the public and users of smoked tobacco on ‘Switch and Quit’ methods of using reduced harm tobacco products. Keeping people who use smoked tobacco healthy and alive while preventing irreparable damage caused by smoking is regarded as our most urgent priority.
Why Tobacco Harm Reduction?
Abstinence is nearly impossible to achieve using traditional methods and fails 7 out of 10 times, therefore access to reduced harm tobacco products is critically important to smokers who may be unable or are unwilling to quit. There is a dire need in Georgia to provide our residents who smoke effective and real options to help minimize risks from continued use of smoked tobacco products. It is therefore essential that our government and public health agencies embrace reduced harm tobacco products and provide education, services and other intervention options to help keep our Georgia public healthy and safe. Allowing our residents to suffer or die from preventable causes is no longer an option. Only by embracing all aspects of THR will we see a dramatically improved quality of life for all Georgia smokers, their families and friends.
Principles of THR
Our approach to Tobacco Harm Reduction is based on a strong commitment to public health and basic human rights. Tobacco Harm Reduction refers to policies and practices that target the reduction of adverse health and social consequences of the legal use of tobacco. Tobacco Harm Reduction benefits all current users of tobacco products including their families, friends and the wider Georgia community.
Dignity and Rights
The GSFA is nonjudgmental and will fight for the rights of all Georgia residents and vapor shops wishing to reduce the harms resulting from smoked tobacco usage. Users of smoked tobacco are someone’s mother, father, brother or sister, friend or coworker. These users do not give up their basic human rights simply because they have chosen to smoke. Ignoring science and technology due to opposing morals and beliefs deliberately inflicts harm on people who smoke tobacco products. This approach creates and exacerbates risk and harm for the users.