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).