About The New Nicotine Alliance
July, 2018: We ask for your patience as we are currently rebuilding the site.
The New Nicotine Alliance Australia is a not for profit organisation working towards improving public health through a greater understanding of risk-reduced nicotine products and their uses. It receives no funding from tobacco, e-cigarette or pharmaceutical companies or their affiliates.
The Vision of the New Nicotine Alliance:
Not just another method of quitting, but smoking made obsolete. A public health revolution that saves a billion lives. A revolution in the way nicotine is viewed, not as an addiction leading to death, but a mild recreational stimulant that should be regulated according to its minor risks.
NNA AU President
Annette is now a full time carer but prior to this was a qualified child care worker for a number of years. She smoked very heavily for over thirty years despite numerous quit attempts. She had got to the point where she had resigned herself to an early death from a smoking related illness. She bought her first personal vaporiser out of curiosity in January 2015. After finding it very pleasant she did some research and found that it was considered much healthier than smoking. She vaped and smoked cigarettes for approximately three months while she experimented with different devices and liquid until she found a combination that worked for her.
Annette believes that the Australian government’s stance on tobacco harm reduction is impractical and is costing smokers their lives by denying them a much healthier alternative.
Andrew has worked in administration at both state and federal levels, and is also a programmer.
After 29 years of smoking, and loving every cigarette, he was diagnosed with COPD & emphysema. He decided to experiment with vaping in order to cut down. On taking the first puff of a vape, that was strong in nicotine, he realised that vaping was more enjoyable than smoking, and instantly became an ex smoker!
When Andrew discovered that nicotine was legal in cigarettes, but illegal in the e-liquid used in vapour products, he became an advocate for the legal retail sale of nicotine in Australia. He joined the Australian branch of the NNA soon after it was launched, and helped in whatever ways he could.
Recently he was asked to become an associate, then a board member of this consumer advocacy organisation.
Andrew wants to see vaping made much simpler for people of low SES, pensioners, indigenous people and those with mental health issues; all groups that have been left behind in the gradually shrinking smoking prevalence rates in Australia.
Many of the people in these groups are not able to order nicotine online, and require a straightforward, legal way to obtain ready-to-vape e-liquid with nicotine.
Margy is a retired surgical nurse with a diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. She smoked for 41 years and started vaping 6 years ago (October 2011)
She started smoking at 17 yrs of age when she started her nursing career
She was diagnosed with severe emphysema 7 years ago and knew she had to stop smoking but just could not quit with any approved NRT. She was too scared to try champix after reading reviews and black box warnings about it
Her daughter told her everyone in the UK pubs were using electronic cigarettes so a quick google search and some research found cigalikes with prefilled nicotine 16mg cartomisers in USA. She now uses 2nd gen devices with 24mg eliquid.
Margy believes Australia needs to change its current defacto ban on e-cigarettes. She has written to most public inquiries in Australia about e-cigarettes and wants all smokers to have a choice to switch to a 95% safer alternative like she has. She believes it is unethical we are criminals for vaping and believes everyone has a human right to use a less harmful alternative to smoking
Margy was an associate of the NNA AU before joining the board and has offered to help the new NNA in any way she can (health permitting)
Charles is semi-retired and spends the majority of his time researching tobacco harm reduction, running his website The vapers Table, and assisting smokers with transition. He has also volunteered to rebuild and maintain the NNA site.
Charles smoked for about 30 years, but in 2007 while living in the United States, he discovered vaping and electronic cigarettes. The rest as they say, is history.
His professional life includes operations and distribution management, business ownership, cooking, music composition and recording.
Although much of his time is taken up with vaping and advocacy, he has additional passions and interests. Spending time with his fiance and family, cooking, travelling, perusing kitchen, homeware and antique stores, as well as frequenting his favourite restaurants and cafes.