Associate Professor Stephen Elsom is the Director of the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Melbourne. Since the completion of his PhD in 2006, Stephen has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered many keynote and other presentations in the areas of medication safety, therapeutic optimism and mental health triage. As an enthusiastic vaper and former smoker he is excited about the potential of vaping to drastically reduce smoking related harm in all populations, with a particular interest in people with severe mental illness who have much higher rates of smoking and poorer success at quitting. There is strong evidence that the approximately 20 year reduction in life expectancy of people who have schizophrenia is largely attributable to chronic physical disorders associated with smoking such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer.