Additionally, the controversy was beginning to swirl around whether or not IVAQS was ever going to be considered a respected and valid study and questions of impropriety. CASAA did not have any first-hand involvement in IVAQS, had no control of it, had no idea if it was being done properly and no experts to determine it and was seeing all of its funding getting diverted to it. We could not, in good conscience, comment about the study one way or another, because we were just not privy to the information nor did we have researchers on our board to make that determination.
Finally, it made no sense to pour efforts and funding into such a big "maybe" when there were other expenses and actions needed elsewhere NOW. However, CASAA still sees the need for such a study and didn't want to appear to be discrediting IVAQS and hamper their efforts (CASAA would love to have a professional, credible, scientific study to point to in our our efforts to stop bans and poor legislation) so CASAA decided to be neutral and pull back from raising funds or being directly involved in ALL research projects and put the focus and funds back on the advocacy and education mission.
e-cigarettes. Our mission is to get the truth and science-based facts out to the public, not conjecture and junk science.
In late 2010, CASAA's board of directors discussed CASAA's mission in relation to the current and future involvement in smokeless and e-cigarette research and studies and concluded that CASAA does not have the funding nor the staff to endorse, supervise and/or fund any ongoing research. At that time, the Board agreed to discontinue fundraising for research projects and instead continue to direct its efforts and funding toward the continued education of the public, media and legislators about tobacco harm reduction; provide public access to completed research and studies; and to continue the fight to keep smokeless alternatives available, effective and affordable.
To that end, CASAA forwarded any donations contributed by its members to the studies for which they were intended and voted not to do any more fundraising exclusively for research. Additionally, because CASAA has no first-hand involvement with any research or studies, we are unable to comment on the current progress, fundraising, validity or administration of any ongoing studies.
CASAA does and always will encourage the use of scientific and unbiased research to provide the public with the truth about the safety of e-cigarettes for both the user and bystanders.