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.
Dr Attila Danko
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.
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 vaperiser 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. She 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.
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)