Who’s Who

A Guide to Vaping Advocates and Deniers

BatesClive Bates  @Clive_Bates

Director of Counterfactual Consulting Ltd

Former Head of Action on Smoking and Health. Worked on development of the WHO’s first international treaty – the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Prof-John-BrittonProfessor John Britton

Professor of Epidemiology; Director, UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences. He is the Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies (UKCTCS), which is a network of tobacco research groups from nine universities led from the University of Nottingham.

Chris Bullen

Associate Professor Chris Bullen is a graduate of the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine, and has postgraduate qualifications in obstetrics, child health and public health, and a PhD in Community Medicine from the University of Auckland.

BurstynDr. Igor Burstyn

Dr. Igor Burstyn is an accomplished educator and researcher in the field of environmental and occupational health, with training in both epidemiology and occupational hygiene. His research primarily focuses on the identification of sources and the health impacts of occupational and environmental exposures,

ConleyGregory J. Conley

Legislative Consultant. An attorney in New Jersey who has channeled his passion for tobacco harm reduction (THR) into results that benefit consumers and public health. Former legislative director for the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA)

CostallPaddy Costall

Over 35 years of experience working in the fields of drugs, alcohol and criminal justice. Have developed and manged services in the community and in prisons and acted as a consultant and trainer to governmental and non-governmental organisations in the UK and other countries.

DD-30th-Jan13Dave Dorn  @hifistud

Dave Dorn is older than he cares to admit, but reckons that age brings experienceSince discovering E-Cigs in May of 2009, he’s amassed an arsenal of kit that would have many people turning green with envy.

EtterProfessor Jean Francois Etter  @etterjf

Professor Jean-François Etter (University of Geneva, Switzerland) has over 18 years of conducting smoking etiology, prevention and cessation research. He has published over 120 scientific articles on smoking cessation trials and various psychological questions related to tobacco dependence and smoking cessation.


Konstantinos Farsalinos  @FarsalinosK

Research coordinator at Department of Pharmacology, University of Patras. Research inerests: myocardial deformation, effects of smoking on cardiac function and coronary flow. Has been performing laboratory and clinical research on electronic cigarettes since 2011

FlahaultAntoine Flahault   @FLAHAULT

MD, PhD, Professor of Global Health. Dean, EHESP French School of Public Health, 2008-12
Professor in Biostatistics, University Paris-Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité 2008-
Professor of Global Health, University of Geneva, 2014-Present.

NSP-Logo03A-290x166Bill Godshall

Bill Godshall is an active anti smoking harm campaigner, and has been for decades. He has presented at countless hearings and court cases, and is regarded as a leading authority on US tobacco regulation.

HajekProfessor Peter Hajek

Peter Hajek is Professor of Clinical Psychology, Head of Psychology and Director of the Health and Lifestyle Research Unit at the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

HouezecDr Jacques Le Houezec  @JLHamzer 

Jacques Le Houezec was trained as a neuroscientist in Paris (PhD in 1988), and spent 2 years as a post-doctoral fellow in Clinical Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics at the University of California, San Francisco (Pr. Neal Benowitz).

Hayden McRobbie

Reader in Public Health Interventions. Queen Mary, University of London from October 2008. Smoking Cessation, Tobacco Control, Weight Management, Behavioral Medicine and Public Health.

Carl V. Phillips @carlvphillips 

Dr. Carl V. Phillips spent most of his career as a professor of public health science — real public health and real science — and now works as an epidemiologic and economic consultant and as Chief Economist for the Humane Society of the United States

RiccardoRiccardo Polosa  @RiccardoPolosa

Professor Riccardo Polosa is Director of the Institute for Internal and Emergency Medicine of the University of Catania in Italy.  He is also in charge of the University’s Centre for Tobacco Research (CPCT), and Honorary Professor of Medicine at Southampton University (UK).

rolygateChris Price   @rolygate

ECF moderator and Veteran, and Secretary of the E-Cigarette Consumer Association. Snus has been responsible for a 45% cut in smoking in Sweden, and since ecigs are more popular than Snus with smokers, I don’t think it is unreasonable to expect that ecigs will cause a 60% drop in smoking prevalence.

RidleyMatt Ridley  @mattwridley

Matthew White Ridley, 5th Viscount Ridley, DL, FRSL, FMedSci known commonly as Matt Ridley, is a British journalist who has written several popular science books. He is also a businessman and a Conservative member of the House of Lords

RitterLou Ritter

Lou Ritter is the President of the American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association. Four years ago he quit smoking cigarettes using ENDS products and became fascinated with their efficacy, industry and product development,

RoduDr. Brad Rodu

Brad Rodu is a Senior Fellow of the Heartland Institute and holds the Endowed Chair in Tobacco Harm Reduction Research at the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Rodu’s research focuses on the substitution of safer tobacco products by smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit smoking with conventional cessation methods.

Louise-RossLouise Ross   @grannylouisa

Louise Ross is the Stop smoking service manager for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland, working for the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. She has worked in smoking cessation and tobacco control for ten years. Initially suspicious of e-cigs, her epiphany moment happened at the 2013 Ecig Summit

Michael-Siegel1-150x150Michael B. Siegel   @mbsiegel

Michael is a physician who completed his residency in Preventive Medicine at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and trained in epidemiology for two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta before coming to Boston. His primary research interest is in the area of tobacco control, focusing on secondhand smoke health effects, exposure, and policies..

StimsonGerry Stimson

Public health advocate. Public health sociologist with over 40 years’ experience of public health research and advocacy in the field of psychoactive substance use. Over 220 scientific publications.

SweanorDavid Sweanor

University of Ottawa · Common Law Section. Tobacco Control. Public Health. Harm Reduction. Tobacco. Nicotine. Smoking Cessation


WestRobert West

Professor of Psychology at UCL
Research in addiction and behaviour change, focusing primarily on smoking. Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal, Addiction (www.addictionjournal.org).