INNCO (International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations) is an umbrella organisation that was formed in 2017 to represent consumers of low-risk, alternative nicotine products and to promote Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) on the global stage.
Members are independent and autonomous, and are not economically dependent on INNCO. INNCO is controlled by its members not the other way around.
CASA’s main objective is to advocate for a smoke free Africa by ensuring the availability of a variety of effective, affordable, reduced-harm alternatives to smoking by increasing public awareness and education, advocating for responsible legislative and regulatory
policy designed to improve public health, and to promote the benefits of reduced harm alternatives.
RDTA was created by former and current smokers in order to have means of expressing ideas together about Tobacco Harm Reduction. It is a non-profit association that advocates to defend the right to use vaping products, in all their forms. It also disseminates information among its members and society in general about the undeniable truth that vaping saves lives by sharing in a public manner all sorts of scientific studies published about these products. To disclose truthful information about personal vaporizers and their correct use, to ensure proper marketing of vaping products and to defend their free market under the terms established in the regulations that apply for labelling, packaging and distribution. We strongly believe that Argentina needs to become part of vaping health revolution, helping to save as many lives as possible.
Austria – ÖDC AUSTRIA
ÖDC – Austrian Vapers Customer Association is representing the interests of all Austrian vapers.
The official Association was founded to represent over 250,000 vapers in Austria against media, government and ministeries who wish to deny us our rights to vape.
Our goal is to get vaping respected as an alternative to smoking as well as a lifestyle product. We provide objective information about vaping, science and the political situation to smokers, vapers and all interested people.
Association registration number: 842048344
Email (german and english): firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman/President: Stefan Wölflinger
The objectives of the non-profit organization are as follows; to raise funds and human resources to be able to challenge abusive laws and rules regarding vaping. Other objectives are protecting and promoting vaping as well as providing the necessary information and education.
Our ultimate goal is a free, efficient and affordable vaping business. We intend to focus on communication and want to become a negotiator in the decision process regarding the use of personal vaporizers. We will also attempt to be vigilant about information and disinformation regarding this subject matter.
Brasil – THR Brasil
Tobacco Harm Reduction Brasil (THR BRASIL) is an independent, non-profit civil society organisation which aims to actively contribute in reducing the risks and harmful effects of smoking from a human rights perspective. We are committed to stimulating understanding and promoting access to safer nicotine products (SNP’s) by disseminating knowledge, robust research and evidence throughout Brazil.
Although Brazil currently prohibits the use of SNPs, THR BRASIL aims to actively contribute to their liberation by supporting fair, effective and proportionate regulation affecting all elements of the SNP industry. We are committed to educating smokers on tobacco harm reduction and representing, supporting and protecting the rights of consumers who have switched to using significantly safer nicotine alternatives.
Canada – THRA
Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada is a Not-For-Profit consumer advocacy group. THRA mission is to promote the availability of effective, affordable and reduced harm alternatives to smoking by increasing public awareness and education; to encourage the testing and development of products to achieve acceptable safety standards and reasonable regulation; and to promote the benefits of reduced harm alternatives.
THRA goal is to educate the public, including stakeholders (politicians, journalists, editors, other associations), address concerns regarding personal vaporizers (electronic cigarettes) and their safety, to dispel misconceptions and misinformation regarding these products.
Chile – ASOVAPE
ASOVAPE Chile was created to protect and defend the rights of users of personal vaporisers who are of legal age as well as to ensure their right to use and acquire related devices and supplies in a safe and free manner, in order to minimize the risks to health caused by the consumption of tobacco, or, as a simple recreational and recreational activity, based on the free development of the personality of consumers. The dissemination of information regarding personal vaporisers and supplies to consumers, associates and third parties will also be the object of the Association; participate and organise in debates, forums, studies, panels and conferences related to the use and consumption of personal vaporisers and their supplies; establish and measure quality standards; and any other activity that relates to personal vaporisers and their supplies to guarantee and protect the rights of consumers regarding their use and consumption.
Colombia – ASOVAPE
ASOVAPE is the Colombian Vaping Association, originated as a non-profit initiative aiming for protection of Colombian vapers’ rights and for promoting discussions on similar interests in the community.
It also accomplishes the role to represent users of vaping products within the Colombian government and international institutions, to defend the rights for the acquisition and free use of vaping products, all for the benefit of the users achieving its adjuvant purpose to abandon actual tobacco products.
The association works towards the advocacy for the use and existence of vaping products as a public health tool, to promote actions such as the eradication of tobacco smoking in Colombia and the world.
Costa Rica – ASOVAPE
ASOVAPE Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Vaping Association
The aims of ASOVAPE Costa Rica is to protect and defend the rights of users of personal vaporizers or tobacco harm reduction methods that are of legal age, so that they can use and acquire their devices freely in order to minimize the health risks caused by the consumption of tobacco, smoking cessation, or simply as a recreational activity, based on the free evolution of one’s personality.
Cyprus -Cyprus Vaping Association (CVA)
Cyprus Vaping Association was founded in 2015 and established in 2016, our goal is to inform Vapers in Cyprus the news around vaping and everything to do with tobacco harm reduction!
Vaping for us was at the start of a hobby and developed into a passion and love.
Denmark – DADAFO
The Danish consumer organisation – DADAFO (Dansk e-damper Forening – Danish Vapers Association)
Estonia – NNA Smoke Free Estonia
NNA Suitsuvaba Eesti (NNA Smokefree Estonia – NNASEE) aim to help smokers quit smoking or to switch to safer alternatives and by doing it reduce the harm that smoking does to health and society.
NNASEE wishes to raise awareness of alternative safer nicotine products and provide information about tobacco harm reduction for general public and government to make legislation based on facts and science.
NNASEE is consumer membership based organisation. The board is democratically elected by the members.
Finland – VAPERS FI
The association’s purpose is to reduce the harm caused by smoking by reducing smoking and increasing awareness of e-cigarettes and other tobacco harm reduction products. Vapers Finland publishes and translates research into Finnish and aims to inform and influence legislation on e-cigarettes. In addition, the association organizes each year, Finland’s largest vape event, Vapefest Finland. The association aims to create long-term relationships of trust with the health authorities, MPs, press and vapers.
To finance its activities the association sells supporting products, collects membership fees, organizes sweepstakes and receives donations. Vapers Finland has been registered as an official association 04/27/2015
France – Aiduce
AIDUCE is a French independent association of electronic cigarette users. AIDUCE draws information from research, the association scientific board, the experience of members, correspondents, from two large user forums in France (more than 90,000 registered forum members) and is a member of AFNOR, participating in the French and European normalization effort. It is supported only by the members who contribute an annual fixed fee of €10. Commercial entities’ membership as well as their owners is refused.
Germany – IG-ED
The IG-ED e.V. is the first consumer organisation of German speaking e-vapers. We work voluntarily and independently of producers and dealers.
Our goal is to inform about the e-cigarette as well as to correct the manifoldly circulated misunderstandings and faulty information. IG-ED e.V. does not represent any commercial interests – the activities are solely based on membership fees, donations and many personal contributions of their members. The main focus is on informing politics and media in Germany, Austria, Switzerland as well as the whole European Parliament with respect to everything related to e-vaping.
Greece – Greek Vapers Club (GVC)
Greek Vapers Club is a non-profit consumer association of vapers. Our goals are to spread awareness about vaping and inform both the public and the government about what vaping is, and what it is not.
We advocate for sensible, evidence-based regulations on vaping, and represent the interests of vapers in Greece, be it publicly, in the media or the industry.
Hungary – Villanypára Egyesület – Vaper.hu
Vaper.hu was established with the aim of supporting and helping people who want to quit smoking or are looking for smoke-free alternatives or who no longer smoke.
Our main goal is to provide information, correct information, information and personal examples, to help those who want to quit smoking, and to protect their interests. Organizing and conducting events and meetings, establishing and awarding prizes, as well as preparing professional publications for those interested
Iceland – Veipum Lifum (Vape for Life)
Veipum Lifum is the interest and consumer group for people who advocate for vape instead of smoking, to reduce the smoking-related diseases and the deaths of thousands of individuals in Iceland,
“Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health”
WHO Ottawa Charter
Association of Vapers India (AVI) is a registered nonprofit consumer advocacy group that promotes harm reduction as a tobacco control strategy for the country’s 275 million tobacco users, 1.35 million of whom die every year.
Formed in 2016, AVI works towards pro-THR legislation by sensitising authorities, moving courts to challenge bans, facilitating research and creating awareness among public about lower-risk tobacco alternatives.
Kenya – THR Kenya
Tobacco harm reduction (THR Kenya) is an independent advocacy group that promotes harm reduction as a tobacco control strategy for the country’s 3 million tobacco users, 8,000 of whom die every year from smoking related disease.
We accurate information on safer nicotine products and work towards sensitizing authorities, facilitating research and creating awareness among public about lower-risk tobacco alternatives.
Our mission is to provide complete unbiased information to smokers in Kenya on lower risk alternatives to smoking, in order to make informed choices based on this information.We seek to put scientifically proven information on tobacco and nicotine right in the hands of nicotine consumers so that they are able to make more informed decision regarding their health.
Malawi – THR Malawi
THR Malawi believe that all citizens of Malawi should be informed of the health consequences and mortal
threat that is posed by tobacco smoking. We seek to give scientifically proven information on
tobacco harm reduction and nicotine science in the hands of nicotine consumers to enable them
to make informed decision on reducing their health risks. We are a consumer led organisation.
Mexico – PROVAPEO
Pro-Vapeo México is the first non-profit all consumers NGO in Mexico that stands for the rights of Mexican consumers of non-combustible nicotine products. Currently, usage of these products is legal but sales and marketing are illegal. While e-cigarette use is booming some private charities and health authorities have been mounting an insidious disinformation campaign. Most of the public, including physicians and political authorities are largely unaware of the potential public health benefit of Tobacco Harm Reduction.
Our aims are to advocate for a change in this panorama by (i) spreading reliable and precise scientific information on e-cigarettes and on other non-combustible products; and (ii) to campaign for an appropriate regulation that is proportional to the low risks that these products involve in comparison with cigarette smoking.
Netherlands – ACVODA
Acvoda – Actief Voor Dampen (Active For Vaping) is a non-profit organisation which was founded by vapers at the end of August 2013 (formalized in 2014). Acvoda is committed to promoting the reduced harm alternatives to smoking tobacco and providing honest information about them, with the main focus on the use of e-cigarettes (vaping).
Acvoda strives to be the primary contact for civil organizations, government, media and organizations aimed at combating the harmful effects of conventional combustible tobacco in The Netherlands.
Nigeria – THR Nigeria
THR Nigeria’s mission is to provide complete unbiased information to smokers in Nigeria on low risk alternatives to smoking, in order to make sound and informed choices based on these information.
Norway – Norwegian Union of Vapers (NUV)
Norwegian Union of Vapers (NUV) work for an acceptable government regulation, makes information available to smokers, vapers and other interested parties, and promotes the availability of vaping as an effective harm reduction option for nicotine addicts. We have no affiliation or financial interest in the sales and production of equipment or e-liquid. Norwegian Union of Vapers is an independent organization.
Peru – ASOVAPE
ASOVAPE Peru is the Peruvian Vaping Association
The purpose of ASOVAPE Peru is to protect and defend the rights of users of personal vaporizers who are of legal age as well as to ensure their right to use and acquire related devices and supplies in a safe and free manner, in order to minimize the risks to health caused by the consumption of tobacco, or, as a simple recreational activity, based on the free development of the personality of consumers. The dissemination of information regarding personal vaporizers and supplies to consumers, associates and third parties will also be the object of the Association; participate in and organize debates, forums, studies, panels and conferences related to the use and consumption of personal vaporizers and their supplies; establish and measure quality standards; and any other activity that relates to personal vaporizers and their supplies to guarantee and protect the rights of consumers regarding their use and consumption
Philippines – THE VAPERS
The Vapers Philippines is a consumer advocacy group with more than a thousand members all over the Philippines. We are a not for profit consumer only advocacy group and our board members come from different backgrounds together sharing a passion for vaping. While we are based in Metro Manila, we have chapters in various cities in Northern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. We believe in the responsible use of alternative nicotine delivery devices such as e-cigarettes. We aim to educate the public about the distinction between e-cigarettes and regular tobacco products and the former’s potential as a safer product.
We are at the forefront of advocacy for reasonable e-cigarette regulations in the Philippines.
Slovenia – Združenje vejperjev Slovenije (ZVS)
ZVS is a Slovenian nonprofit consumer advocacy group. We fully believe that the e-cigarette industry is here to stay, helping many thousands, even millions of people across the world to make the switch from tobacco to a harm reducing alternative and reaping the many benefits that this new technology can provide. We hope to provide resources on e-cigarettes, as well as options and considerations for communities and policy makers to consider when drafting or implementing laws or policies that regulate e-cigarettes.
Our goal is to educate the public, media and government officials, to address concerns regarding electronic cigarettes and their safety and to dispel misconceptions and misinformation regarding these products. It is essential for us that our government and public health agencies embrace reduced harm tobacco products and provide education, services and other intervention options to help keep our public healthy and safe. Allowing people to suffer or die from preventable causes is no longer an option.
South America – ARDT Iberoamérica
ARDT is a network of grass roots consumer organisations in the Latin American region advocating for consumer access to safer nicotine products.
Spain – ANESVAP
The Spanish Users of Personal Vaporisers Association is a non-profit organisation created to defend the right of every adult person to use vaping products.
The Association also aims to analyse and disseminate the scientific studies published about these products, to disclose truthful information about personal vaporizers and their correct use, to ensure proper marketing of vaping products and to defend their free market under the terms established in the regulations that apply for labelling, packaging and distribution.
We want to help all vapers to enjoy vaping without impairments, while this wonderful hobby helps to save their lives contributing to a public health revolution leaning on Tobacco Harm Reduction.
Sweden – EU for Snus
We are a campaign committed to giving everyone access to nicotine replacement products.
We’re not all snus users, but we’re fighting for the right to enjoy smokeless tobacco. It makes no sense to allow cigarettes and ban snus. That’s why we are here.
Sweden – NNA Sweden
NNA Sweden is a tobacco harm reduction promoting Swedish NGO in the INNCO.org global network of civil society organisations. The aims of all members are to secure harm reduction product regulation that recognizes fundamental human rights to best attainable level of mental and physical health as individual and universal. Youth protection against tobacco and nicotine use needs to be safeguarded without impeding adult smokers rights to better health choices and correct information from public health agencies on these products. Primarily NNA Sweden focus on the snus and vape segments of Tobacco Harm Reduction work.
Switzerland – HELVETIC VAPE
Helvetic Vape is an independent Swiss association for the protection of the interests of personal vaporizer users, founded in November 2013.
The goal of Helvetic Vape is to promote and defend vaping in Switzerland. Millions of users worldwide have successfully quit smoking tobacco through switching to various nicotine delivery systems. These systems are a fantastic opportunity for public health. Too many voices oppose the use of personal vaporizers, often through ignorance or by ignoring many scientific studies on the subject. Policy decisions will be made soon and Helvetic Vape wants to make the voices of the Swiss vapers agree to balance the debate.
Helvetic Vape wants to actively collaborate with governments, organizations and associations concerned with Swiss vaping, and they are in contact with different vaper associations in Europe and the United States to coordinate their actions.
Deutsch: Phil Scheck – email@example.com
Français: Alain Vaucher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Italiano: Patrizia Cavalli – email@example.com
Thailand – ECST
ECST is an e-cig consumer coalition formed by 12 e-cig influencers in Thailand in 2016. All of the founders are either youtubers or administrators of popular fan pages on Facebook with more than 10,000 followers each. The public FB page for ECST is called ‘บุหรี่ไฟฟ้าคืออะไร’ – meaning “What is E-cig”. We use this platform to educate Thai people about e-cig and correct the misunderstandings that were created by anti-e-cigarettes movement.
Tunisia – A.C.E.A.F Vape
Created in December 2016, ACEAF is an association under Tunisian law that aims to promote e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking.
We are determined to defend the people who have made the choice to move to the use of other means safer as palliative to traditional tobacco.
UK – VAPERS IN POWER
Vapers in Power is a UK political party created to protect the voice of vapers and uphold the right of smokers and ex-smokers to practise harm reduction using all types of e-cigarettes.
We support the freedom to:
- vape outdoors in public areas
- vape outdoors in private areas with the permission of the owner or landlord
- vape indoors with the permission of the owner or landlord
USA – CASAA
CASAA formed in 2009 as an advocacy group to raise awareness and protect access reduced harm alternatives.
CASAA’s mission is to ensure the availability of effective, affordable and reduced harm alternatives to smoking by increasing public awareness and education; to encourage the testing and development of products to achieve acceptable safety standards and reasonable regulation; and to promote the benefits of reduced harm alternatives.
USA – NOT Blowing Smoke
Not Blowing Smoke is a nonprofit corporation formed in response to the California Department of Health’s misleading anti-vaping campaign, which to date, has spent upwards of $15 million dollars of taxpayer money. The organization was founded in March 2015 by Stefan Didak, a nationally recognized consumer advocate for vapor products with assistance from Jason Downing. Shortly after founding, Danielle Bloss, the creator of the Truth About Vaping video series, joined the team and the three formed the board of directors.
We are dedicated to providing the public and government officials with the truth about vaping. Not Blowing Smoke operates completely independent of industry influence, although we do receive limited funding from strategic partnerships.
The specific purpose of the organization is to ensure continued and affordable access to vapor products in order to help smokers and those around them lead improved lives, free from the death and disease caused by combustible cigarettes. Our focus is on raising public awareness through educational and promotional campaigns as well as actions to represent the interests of both industry stakeholders and consumers, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Innco is a global community of ex-smokers helping smokers quit, and defending the rights of 112 million People Who Use Safer Nicotine (PWUSN). We believe that current global efforts to deny 1.3 billion people – who use toxic forms of tobacco – access to safer nicotine alternatives is a form of mass murder. Safer alternatives include nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, prescription nicotine inhalers, nicotine pouches, nicotine vapes, snus and heated tobacco products.
Almost all of us have lost a loved one to smoking. Almost all of us experienced health improvements after we quit smoking. This is neither a game nor a personal affectation. Access to harm reduction is a human right, a social justice imperative, and a life-or-death issue.
INNCO is a non-profit alliance of 35 independent volunteer-led Member Organisations around the world. We are funded by individual in-kind contributions and small donations from thousands of adult ex-smokers. INNCO’s Secretariat (but not our Member Organizations or Governing Board) is supported by a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW), a US non-profit 501(c)(3) private foundation with a mission to end smoking in this generation. The FSFW is funded by a tobacco company.
We are not comfortable with that. But we are transparent about it. INNCO is independent. We were founded in 2016, two years before FSFW came into existence. Our mission, purpose and goals are driven solely by our Members and Governing Board. Our Member Organisations are led by unpaid volunteers who, as a condition of membership, accept no funding from industry.
In contrast, some non-profit organisations around the world oppose safer nicotine alternatives. Many of them (if not the majority) have received funding from foundations that oppose harm reduction. None of them declare that as a potential conflict of interest (COI). And that is a profound violation of public trust.