CASAA strikes back!

Matthew Olmstead
by Matthew Olmstead
August 30, 2012

In a press release today, The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) has gone on the offensive against Ellen Hahn, PhD. and the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy (KCSP).

For those who may not know, Hahn, who is the director of KCSP, sent a letter on official University of Kentucky letterhead to a local hotel in Lexington, Kentucky in an attempt to subvert a local vape meet scheduled for August 4th, 2012 at that hotel.  The letter seemed designed to bully the hotel into breaking a legal contract with the event organizers by using junk science and misleading “facts” about electronic cigarettes.  It created added hardship for the event organizers because the hotel management was afraid of the repercussions that would ensue if they allowed the event.

In the end, the event organizers and the hotel came up with an amended contract that was less than desirable for the organizers and attendees, but still allowed vaping in the meeting room proper.  Unfortunately, out of town patrons were forced to book smoking rooms, and as such, had to be subjected to what Hahn calls 3rd hand smoke (the residue left on carpets, furniture, drapes, and walls left by cigarettes).  In a sense, these non-smokers were by Hahn’s definition, put in harm’s way by her very actions.

CASAA was quick to offer assistance to the local group, and was instrumental in helping restore as much of the original contract as possible, however, the damage was still palpable.  In an effort to combat future efforts from anti-ecig groups from doing the same, CASAA wrote a letter to the University of Kentucky president Dr. Eli Capilouto, and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway registering a formal complaint against Ellen Hahn.  The full text of CASAA’s letter can be found here.

Lastly, CASAA launched a new blog called the Anti-THR Lie of the day, spelling out the tactics and twisting of truth that Anti-THR advocates like Hahn use to subvert the use of these devices.

CASAA is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, funded entirely by donations, which educates the public on the benefits of switching from cigarettes to smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products.  More information can be found on CASAA’s website at

Pertinent Links:

CASAA Press Release:

CASAA Letter to the University:

CASAA Anti-THR Lie of the day Blog:

Kentucky Smoke Free’s letter to the Hotel:


Disclaimer:  The writer of this article was directly involved with the events in question.  Views in this article should be taken as opinion and do not reflect a legal stance by Ecig Advanced.



12 Responses to “CASAA strikes back!”

      Aaron Frazier on August 30th, 2012 1:21 pm

      Kudo’s to CASAA and all involved in this formal argument against Kahn and the UK. Looking forward to seeing any formalized feedback received from it!

        Vargr on August 30th, 2012 4:23 pm

        Amazing! This is the kind of support our community needs! We’ve got to put an end to the disinformation and blatant lies of the money mongerers!

          Erik on August 30th, 2012 7:47 pm
            Pageanmoon on August 30th, 2012 9:23 pm

            Is the press release going to be made public on other sites so that people who do not about CASAA can read it?

              Jim on September 1st, 2012 2:27 am

              It’s about time we stood up to the blatant lies and fear mongering being initiated by people like Ms Hahn.

                L.B. Jeffries on September 1st, 2012 7:11 am

                Nice. Really like the Anti-THR blog! Subvert the subverters! 😉

                Thanks for this, Matt.

                  Holly DeLain on September 2nd, 2012 5:05 am

                  Wow! That was one very thorough letter! Hip hip hooray for CASAA! I am so happy to see that it wasn’t let to slide. I’m sure that Ms. Haan has probably gotten away with this type of thing before and was assuming that this would be no exception. Hhmmm first 3 off assume! Think that might just be what she feels like ATM!

                    Karla Lyle on October 26th, 2012 11:49 am

                    CASAA is a wonderful organization and we are lucky to have someone standing up for us vapers. Props to CASAA!!

                      crystalT64 on January 30th, 2013 4:08 pm

                      as vapers we need to make sure to remember CASAA IN OUR MONTHLY BUDGET and make sure we send a little appreciation in the way of $$$$ !!!!!

                        brianwilson on February 12th, 2013 3:15 am

                        Finally. Great support that will help our fellow vapors!

                          Ralph on March 30th, 2013 5:21 am


                            unclerj on October 4th, 2013 12:43 pm

                            In spite of Herr Doktor Hahns attempt to shut it down, it was still a successful event.

                            And I hope that CASAA can put her and cohorts in their place.


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