There are figureheads within every vaping community. Someone who initiates conversation. Someone who organises events or brings your attention to a new product. But what about the wider community of vaping across the UK and further afield? We look at some of the biggest movers and shakers in the vaping world.
Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik invented the first commercially successful e-cigarette in Beijing, China. Other designs had been tried before, dating back as far as 1979. Computer pioneer Phil Ray created an e-cigarette that relied on the evaporation of nicotine, however this was unsuccessful. In 2003, Lik created his e-cig after his father sadly died of lung cancer. He knew he had to quit his two-pack-a-day habit but had already tried and failed multiple times. His original design used a piezoelectric ultrasound element but now uses heat to evaporate the nicotine solution. This new technology was a way for him to deliver nicotine without the toxins in cigarettes. He told Spectator that his product would ‘solve a social problem. Quitting is suffering’.
GrimmGreen or Nick Green is a vaping vlogger with over 315k subscribers. His vlogs cover vaping news, product reviews and general opinions on all things vaping. He is based in Southern California and uploads multiple vlogs a week, including regular features like ‘Tuesday Bro Tuesday’ and ‘What’s In The News Robin?’. Grimm wants to spread good information about e-cigarettes and is dedicated to highlighting the positive effects of tobacco reduction in favour of vaping. He runs a blog on his website and says: ‘I love vaping, I love being deeply involved in the community and I love helping where I can’.
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Linda Bauld is Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Dean of Research (Impact) at the University of Stirling. She is also Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, a UKCRC Centre for Public Health Excellence covering 13 Universities. Bauld dedicates her time to working on studies and projects to reduce smoking. Her current work focuses on the use and safety of e-cigarettes as an alternative to tobacco. She recently told the Guardian, ‘I believe that e-cigarettes have huge potential to save lives by providing an alternative to smoking. Yet this can only be realised if we address negative harm perceptions and communicate honestly with the public’. This impartial approach to studying the health effects of vaping is hugely refreshing.
Richard Hyslop is the Chief Executive of the Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA). He has over 10 years’ experience working with global businesses, trade associations and SMEs in Europe, Asia and North America. He advises policy makers to ensure correct legislative and regulatory framework. Hyslop also works with some of the UK’s leading independent businesses. One of his main concerns is regarding fair taxation of vaping products. He told us in November, 2016, ‘The key health benefit of vaping devices is determined by how many smokers switch to them or use them as a staging post to quitting completely. It is therefore vital that they continue to be regulated and taxed as a consumer product’.
Vaping advocate Clive Bates was a civil servant and Director General for the Welsh Government up until 2008 when he set up his own website, The Counterfactual. The site specialises in public interest consulting and analytical advocacy. In his own words, he says his site is ‘providing a benign but forceful challenge to orthodoxy in environment, energy, public health, sustainability and international development’. Bates posts articles on all the aforementioned subjects, but prominently wants to highlight the positive effects of tobacco reduction. He takes existing articles and critiques them, pointing out facts that may have been exaggerated.
Who else do you look up to in the vaping world? Let us know in the comments!