Independent consultant and advocate working for pragmatic responses to the health, economic and environmental challenges of sustainability.
Originally a Mining Engineer with over 20 years experience working throughout the UK. Retrained as a Science and Mathematics teacher and spent ten interesting years in the profession. A lifelong heavy smoker from 14 until 59 years of age, I discovered vaping in February 2013 after a little research, and completely switched away from tobacco cigarettes within days. Bewildered and bemused that upon discovery and conversion to a far safer alternative I found there were efforts from many quarters to regulate e-cigarettes out of existence. Since this time I have spent much time on the promotion of tobacco harm reduction strategies and campaigns, most notably assisting with the EFVI campaign that achieved 183,000 signatures in the ECI (European Citizens Initiative).
"I have worked in the drug treatment and mental health fields for over ten years. When I needed a liver transplant last year using my electronic delivery device helped me give up smoking. I look forward to working with the NNA exploring all aspects of new nicotine delivery systems, especially with regard to their role in tobacco harm reduction."
I tried vaping in May 2013 out of curiosity after 20 years of smoking. To my surprise, I was soon an ex-smoker.
I work as a Science teacher and Solar Panel installer in Bristol, and in an odd way vaping is related to both of these - I believe in, and work for, a better future.
I'm a founder member of Vapers In Power, a political party founded to give vapers a voice in what may be a restrictive post-TPD world.
Dr Attila Danko is an experienced, busy General Practitioner in Ballarat, a regional city in Australia. Over the last few years, several of his patients have surprised him by being able to give up smoking using electronic cigarettes when all other methods had failed. Inspired by the potential revolution in smoking cessation this represents, and appalled by the prohibitionist policies of his country, he began to advocate for the liberalisation of laws in Australia that effectively ban nicotine containing electronic cigarettes. He recieves no payment or any inducement whatsoever from any Pharmaceutical, Tobacco or Electronic cigarette company. He is in the preliminary stages of working with Professor Ron Borland, Nigel Gray Distinguished Fellow in Cancer Prevention at Cancer Council Victoria, Australia, on an upcoming study on electronic cigarettes.
Background as international Human Resources Director. Abandoned a long term relationship with tobacco upon discovering vaping. Shocked by attempts to refrain other smokers from doing so, he is now Vice-President of AIDUCE, the influential and proudly independent Franco-Belgian vapers’ association.
Donna comes from a background in Sales and Marketing to the Health, Education and Legal Professions. Although retired due to ill health, she found her new passion in Vaping Advocacy in Australia. A lifelong heavy smoker who had tried all conventional methods to quit, she found herself lighting her last cigarette nearly two years ago thanks to e-cigarettes. Donna is thrilled to be a founding Board Member of the NNA Australia and looks forward to the big job ahead.
Miroslaw is a chemist (PhD in chemistry 1987), ex-smoker (35 yrs) and now a vaper (6 yrs). At the moment he works as a scientific journalist and consultant.Since May 2010 he has been a blogger/vaping advocate (blog in Polish: starychemik.wordpress.com) posting mainly about e-liquid safety, commenting on scientific publications and media coverage of e-cigs in Poland. He is also the author of the very first book on e-cigs ("E-cigarettes for beginners" - first edition 2009). He uses the nickname of Stary Chemik (Old Chemist).
In 2014 and 2015 Miroslaw was also a member of Programme Committee of Global Forum on Nicotine.
Associate Professor Marewa Glover is the preeminent and most persistent advocate for smokers in New Zealand. For over 20 years she has focused on understanding what people need and want to help them stop smoking. She has designed and tested innovative stop smoking methods and programmes, including using incentives, fun team competitions and apps. Marewa is driven to find better and faster ways to reduce the disease and early death caused by smoking tobacco because her fellow Indigenous Māori women have the highest smoking rates in New Zealand at 42%! Marewa is a member of the Research Centre for Māori Health & Development within Massey University's College of Health in Auckland, New Zealand. She is also Chair of End Smoking NZ an independent research and advocacy group. You can follow her on Twitter @MarewaGlover
35 year old who had previously tried unsuccessfully to kick a smoking habit of 23 years. Tried using an e-cigarette and stopped within a week. Believe's E-cigarettes to be the most important invention of the 21st century with the potential to save millions of lives
Dr Jacques Le Houezec trained as neuroscientist in Paris and clinical pharmacologist in San Francisco, has been working on nicotine and smoking cessation for more than 30 years. He is a Consultant in Public Health & Tobacco dependence, based in Rennes, France. He is also Director of www.treatobacco.net (a website dedicated to the treatment of tobacco dependence, available in 11 languages), Honorary Lecturer, at the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, University of Nottingham, England, and member of the Addiction research group at INSERM 1178 (Mental and Public Health), in Paris, France.
"I am a retired schoolteacher.
I was a heavy smoker for over 50 years having started at the age of 13. I tried may times to quit and used many different methods which all ended in miserable failure until my first e-cigarette - and have never smoked since.
I am still shocked and dismayed at the lengths some people and organisations will go to in order to promote their badly flawed dogma when it comes to smoking and quitting and vaping.
I write articles for the Vaping Post. I have spent a good deal of time writing letters and making comments to what other people have said. I am, at present serving on the board of advisors to the THRA and I am member of the steering group for the new international organisation as discussed at the GFN.
I see the main role that I might play in the future as using my teacher's skills for designing and presenting educational materials for both budding advocates and for professionals not familiar with vaping."
Vaper, co-owner / administrator of the UK’s largest vaping forum and presenter at Vapourtrails TV. Former 25+ per day smoker that switched to ecigs in October 2010. Continually baffled by the resistance to tobacco harm reduction and e-cigs from some members of the scientific and public health communities. Firm opponent of the EU TPD.
Pharmacist. Junior scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health and PhD student at the Medical University of Silesia, Poland, working on toxicology of new nicotine-containing products.
Member of the German e-cigarette consumer group IG-ED and the founder of the European network of all national consumer groups, EVUN - European Vapers United Network.
Vaping for over a year and a half: I switched completely by accident thanks to my employer encouraging vaping. Involved with the European Free Vaping Initiative as Wales Coordinator. Currently I am engaging with Welsh Assembly Members discussing e-cigs in relation to the Public Health White Paper Proposals.
Andy worked as a nurse in acute and forensic psychiatry before specialising in the field of substance misuse treatment. In 1997 he completed an MSc in Addictive Behaviour at St George’s Hospital Medical School before beginning his clinical and then academic career in smoking cessation there with Professor Robert West. In 2003 he took up post as Assistant Director of Tobacco Studies and Senior Research Nurse at the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London and in 2005 received a PhD for his thesis, Smoking Cessation in General Practice.
Andy is the Director of the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training and founder and Programme Director of the UK National Smoking Cessation Conference. Andy is lead author of the Manual of Smoking Cessation and co-author of the Stop Smoking Handbook. He is a Senior Editor of the journal Addiction, referees for a variety of other academic journals and also acts as a consultant to Public Health England, Department of Health, NICE and to a number of overseas governments on the delivery of smoking cessation treatment services.
Current research interests include clinical trials and evaluations of behavioural treatments and service innovations, surveys of health professionals, pharmacokinetic studies on nicotine delivery systems and various training, quality of care and nursing projects. Andy has published over 100 papers in academic peer-reviewed journals.
David MacKintosh is currently the Head of Community Safety for the City of London, he has also been the Policy Adviser/Director to the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum (LDAPF) since 2001. The LDAPF works to support policy delivery and promote good practice across the drugs, alcohol and community safety agendas. It has been involved in running a number of innovative campaigns around issues including drug driving, substance misuse in the workplace and improving awareness around drug safety in clubs and pubs. The LDAPF is funded by the City of London as part of its commitment to improving the life of all those who live and work in London. For the last seven years he has also been seconded to the Greater London Authority to provide advice around substance use issues and health inequalities.
Prior to this post David worked for the United Kingdom Anti-Drug Co-ordination Unit (part of the Cabinet Office) for two years, primarily on young people and treatment policy issues. This followed on from some 8 years in the Department for Education and Skills where he worked in a number of areas including international relations and higher education policy. He is trustee of an East London based service provider and Adfam (families, drugs and alcohol).
Passionate about activism, reducing health inequality, and the application of humanity and evidence to health policy, Andrew is a former nurse (with 10 years experience in the illicit drugs field) who co-founded social enterprise Exchange Supplies in 2001 – established to provide products and services to reduce drug and injecting related harm.
Stop Smoking Service Manager for Leicester City. She says 'Less smoking = more birthdays’.
One of the three administrators of the UK Vapers forum (ukvapers.org). The forum is strictly non-commercial and is entirely funded by the administrators.
As a Liberal Democrat MEP (2012-14), led the call in Parliament for sensible regulation of electronic cigarettes in the EU Tobacco Product Directive. Currently works for Macmillan Cancer Support and, previously worked for the NHS, a health professional body and the pharmaceutical industry.
Confirmed vaper and non-smoker. Background in public health research with a particular interest in cancer screening. Now retired (Emeritus Professor of Clinical Epidemiology). Started smoking at 13 and never really considered stopping. Investigating e-cigs for my Aunt, I gave them a try and have not smoked since.