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.
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.
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."