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    After months of planning, a small leave of absense due to the birth of my baby girl, and a lot of hard work I'm proud to say that Australian now has it's very own e-cigarette consumer association!

    The following is our official blurb:
    ATACA is made up of everyday Australians who are concerned for the health of Australian smokers and want the issue tackled intelligently with Harm Reduction options and smoking alternatives, not blanket bans and junk science.
    ATACA supports the availability of low risk tobacco options such as Swedish Snus and electronic cigarettes to dramatically reduce the damage caused both directly and indirectly by tobacco smoking.

    ATACA is supported by contributions from our members as well as several of Australia’s electronic cigarette vendors. They may not be able to legally tell you that their products work brilliantly for smoking cessation, but we can.

    We are currently operating as an unincorporated association, with plans to incorporate sometime over the next 12 months. The current Australian laws regarding the sale and usage of safer alteratives is bordering on the obscene, so it's time to band together and do something about it!

    "It's Our Lives - It's Our Future"

    The only way our government will ever listen to us is if we have one thing - raw numbers. So please check out our site and join ATACA today. Together we CAN make a difference!

    Current discussions include choosing our official logo, and setting up an "Associated Vendor" program. We've had a massive response in just the last week so the decision was made to bring ATACA to the world's largest e-cigarette online community and spread the word even further!

    There is still a lot of hard work in front of us, so this thread will be regularly updated once decisions are made and new initiatives are begun.
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    Member Requirements:

    Anybody can become an ATACA member. However with plans to incorporate soon (making us a lot more "legit" in the eyes of government bodies) there are a few requirements that we thought we'd start right away instead of having to chase it all up later.

    * Your ATACA account must contain your real name, postcode and if you are directly involved with any vendor.

    The reasons for this are:

    1. Any members of an incorporated association must be kept on record. These records are NOT public and can only be viewed by the site admin (me) - and once established, our Board.
    2. There is no point telling MP's we have "x" number of members if we don't know who these people are, and what electorate they are a part of.
    3. Being an Australian organisation, only Aussie members will have voting rights. We need to know if you are involved with a vendor so you can be excluded from any voting that would be seen as a "conflict of interest".

    * You must be subscribed to our mailing list

    This is likely to be a temporary measure, but since members come from lots of different places, and aren't all on the same forums, it allows us to ensure that all members are kept up to date with current discussions and final decisions.
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    Time for the first snippet of what is looking to become pretty big news...

    We started organising a meetup for World Vaping Day and it is quickly becoming so much more than that...

    Melbourne's first "VapeFest" will be held on Saturday, 24th March from 1PM onwards!
    Venue: Kelly's Bar and Kitchen, Olinda.

    More details to follow soon...

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    I am proud to annouce that VapeBar is not only the first ATACA Associated Vendor, but also our first "Gold Rated" vendor!

    Big round of applause for the boys and girls at VapeBar for showing their support, and all their assistance to date.

    I was initially going to send out an ATACA Update tonight with this big news, but with some more big news about the Melbourne VapeFest (hopefully) just around the corner, I'm going to keep you all in suspense for a few more days

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundasleep View Post
    I am proud to annouce that VapeBar is not only the first ATACA Associated Vendor, but also our first "Gold Rated" vendor!

    Big round of applause for the boys and girls at VapeBar for showing their support, and all their assistance to date.

    I was initially going to send out an ATACA Update tonight with this big news, but with some more big news about the Melbourne VapeFest (hopefully) just around the corner, I'm going to keep you all in suspense for a few more days
    We are pleased to be on-board Soundasleep and look forward to assisting ATACA where possible.

    MJ

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    Congrats on that Hackcessor.

    The VapeFest sounds great.

    RC

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    As of yesterday we have split off the mailing list from the Full Member List.

    What does this mean?

    Basically it means you can be kept up to date with ATACA activities via the Mailing List without needing to be a Full Member. With the creation of a "Members Area" section we have also removed the requirement for all Full Members to be on the mailing list.

    We have also setup two FaceBook pages:
    ATACA page
    Melbourne VapeFest page

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    I'd like to give a big welcome and thank you to ATACA's two newest Associated Vendors. The first one you might have heard of before

    JW - Makers of Premium Hand-Made eJuice Products
    (I can't print the full name here, ECF gets unhappy)

    The E-Cig Shop - Providing e-cig sales and support to the Deeragun area (Queensland)

    ATACA Associated Vendors agree to meet a minimum set of requirements to ensure the best possible experience and peace of mind to their customers.

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    CALLING ALL VENDORS

    With less than 3 weeks until Melbourne VapeFest something occured to me today. I've been in contact with quite a few Aussie vendors so far, but I'm sure I've missed people in all the craziness.

    I'd like to make a extend a "formal" invitation to all Australian vendors to consider joining ATACA's Associated Vendor program, and ask if there is anybody I haven't asked that would like to contribute samples or anything else to help with VapeFest.

    Our vendor requirements can be viewed here: Associated Vendor Requirements | ATACA

    These requirements have been crafted to ensure good business practice while not placing any unneccessary burden on the operations of each vendor. Should anybody be interested but is concerned with any particular requirement let me know and we can discuss it further.

    I can be contacted on this forum, via PM, or directly via the ATACA website.

    Thank you again to everybody who has contributed so far!

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