BecomeAnEX and the General Data Protection Regulation

Blog Post created by Mark Employee on May 23, 2018

BecomeAnEX is committed to helping tobacco users in the US achieve their vision of a tobacco-free future. In light of a new international data protection law enacted by the European Union (EU), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we are updating site access for BecomeAnEX.



About GDPR

By now, you may have heard of the GDPR, a new EU data privacy law that goes into effect on May 25, 2018 and that may have widespread impact on businesses around the world.  The regulation applies only to the treatment of personal data furnished to a business from data subjects who are situated in the EU.  The GDPR imposes numerous requirements on those businesses that are obligated to comply with the regulation.



What Does GDPR Mean for You? 

BecomeAnEX is not subject to the GDPR and has determined that it will not take the substantial steps necessary to comply with the regulation’s requirements.  Accordingly, if you are visiting from any EU-member country, unfortunately you will no longer be able to access or the EX Community, nor will you receive emails from BecomeAnEX or the EX Community when this law goes into effect on May 25, 2018. If you access the EX Community from an EU IP Address and will be affected by this change, we recommend you back up your data now, as you will lose access to the site on Friday.


To see your content:

Content you Authored

Content you Drafted

Content you Participated in


To save your content:

You can use your web browser print function (Ctrl+P or Cmd+P) and then choose the Save as PDF option. This will need to be done for every post you wish to retain. At this time, there is not any mass save option to bulk save or bulk print.


On behalf of the EX Team, we realize this may be disappointing. We recognize that supportive friendships have been made along people’s quit journeys over the last 10+ years. If you know someone who will be affected by this change, we recommend you reach out to them immediately so that you can set up alternative communication methods if you wish to stay in touch. We’ll still be on Facebook, and it may be a good way to stay in touch with those who are affected by this change.


How Can You Quit and Stay Quit Without BecomeAnEX?

We hope that you will continue your journey to become and stay tobacco-free!  There are numerous other proven online programs available to help tobacco users quit, hosted in the United States and around the world. 

While we cannot guarantee their availability to EU-based users, alternative evidence-based programs include: 

If you have any additional questions about GDPR or these changes to EX, please reach out to Megan directly by email at or EXProductManager via private message.