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Interviews with the Experts

Following are interviews with various experts about issues in tobacco harm reduction.

Dr. Carl Phillips

Television interview:

On electronic cigarettes
(May 2009; Daily Planet).

Radio interview:

On tobacco harm reduction and smokeless tobacco
(May 2006; The World Tonight:CHQR).

The E-cigarette Interviews (2009 onwards)

The following interviews were carried out by Paul Bergen on behalf of and are reprinted here with permission. Anyone may reproduce these interviews online: all that is required is acknowledgment of the original source and a link back to the E-cigarette original.

Riccardo Polosa Interview

E-cigarette researcher Dr. Polosa discusses his 2011 study.

Katherine Devlin Interview

Katherine Devlin discusses how ECITA is changing the UK e-cigarette industry.

Scott Ballin Interview

Tobacco and public health expert Scott Ballin sheds light on evolving attitudes towards harm reduction and e-cigarettes - and offers hope for the future.

The following interviews were carried out by James Dunworth and are reproduced with permission. Anyone can reproduce these interviews online: all that is required is acknowledgment of the original source and a link back to the E-cigarette original.

Spike of National Vapor's Club Interview

Spike was an early member of the nascent vaper's community, and a founding member of the Long Island Vapers' Club (now the National Vaper's Club) who fought off a proposed total ban on vaping in New York.

Kate of Vapor's Network Interview

Kate was one of the first UK vapers and is probably the most activist e-cigarette user in the UK, plaguing those opposed to the e-cigarette on an almost daily basis and running the Vapers Network, as well as an active Vaper's group on facebook.

David Atherton Interview

David Atherton represents Freedom to Choose, described on their site as "seeks to protect the informed choices of consenting adults with sensible and achievable goals on the issues of smoking, We actively campaign to prevent victimisation of smokers, social division, social isolation and to alleviate the negative social and economic impacts of the smoking ban. We are funded entirely by donations from the general public and have no connections whatsoever with the tobacco or pharmaceutical industries."

Christopher Snowdon Interview

Christopher Snowdon is the author of the extremely well reviewed Velvet Glove Iron Fist, A History of the Anti-Smoking Movement.

Carl Phillips Interview

Carl V. Phillips, MPP PhD, recently an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta School of Public Health, left to form his own research institute. Much of his work focuses on tobacco harm reduction, including epidemiology, economics, public perception, communication and education, public policy, and ethical aspects. He works as a consultant and advisor for various organizations and companies involved with tobacco harm reduction. Prof. Phillips is also an award-winning researcher in epidemiology methods, focusing on making epidemiologic research more useful and honest. Phillips received his PhD in public policy from Harvard University and completed fellowships in health policy at the University of Michigan and philosophy of science at the University of Minnesota, has additional degrees in math and history, and was on the faculty of the University of Texas Medical School's Center for Evidence-Based Medicine.

Murray Laugesen Interview

Dr Murray Laugesen is New Zealand's most experienced researcher on smoking policy and cigarettes. He founded Health New Zealand Ltd as his research and consultancy company in 1995, after 18 years as principal medical officer in the Department, (now Ministry) of Health, and Public Health Commission. Since 1995, Dr Laugesen focused first on policy and policy advocacy (see ) and then research. He is also one of the few to have carried out research into the electronic cigarette.

Michael Siegel Interview

Michael, originally a doctor specializing in preventative medicine, is now a professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Boston University School of Public Health. He has over 20 years of experience in tobacco control, primarily in the field of tobacco control, and has testified in numerous cases against tobacco companies.

Adrian Payne Interview

Dr Adrian Payne is the Managing Director of Tobacco Horizons, a Tobacco Harm Reduction Consulting Agency. During a post-doctoral career spanning more than thirty years, he has worked for both tobacco and pharmecutical companies, often in the field of Tobacco Harm Reduction.

Joel Nitzkin Interview

Dr Joel Nitkin is Chair of the Tobacco Control Task Force for the American Association of Public Health Physicians.

Paul Bergen Interview

At the time of this interview, Paul Bergen, M.Sc., M.L.I.S. was a Research Associate at the Public Health Sciences at the University of Alberta. His research explores health mis- and disinformation in the media concentrating on but not limited to tobacco issues. Together with Carl Phillips, Paul operates the website.

Michael Kitt Interview (2009)

Michael Kitt owns coming to prominence when his donations to Cancer Research from e-cigarette sales were refused (the group does accept donations from pharmaceutical firms). He is interviewed by Christopher Snowdon, the author of Velvet Glove Iron Fist and the associated blog.