#1 Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos (@FarsalinosK)
Researcher, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Greece, Department of Pharmacology, University of Patras, Greece
Switching from smoking to e-cigarette use leads to improvement in blood pressure https://t.co/YguvuV9gBc
— K. Farsalinos (@FarsalinosK) January 14, 2016
Dr Farsalinos is a Cardiologist, performing clinical and laboratory research on electronic cigarettes since 2011. “Examples of his work include the first study on the cytotoxic effects of electronic cigarette vapor on cultured cells and the immediate effects of electronic cigarettes used on cardiac function and coronary circulation.” (Source)
Not only does he publish unbiased research on electronic cigarettes but he looks at other studies and points out inaccuracies or bias in their reports. One example being “A new study finds diacetyl in e-cigarettes but exaggerates risks and fails to discuss about smoking”.
We highly recommend visiting his blog and looking at some of the research conducted by Dr. Farsalinos. The blog states that “The purpose of the website is to present science, evidence and research news about electronic cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction. Dr Farsalinos clearly supports that electronic cigarettes should be used as smoking substitutes, by smokers unwilling or unable to quit smoking with currently approved medications.”
#2 A Billion Lives (@ABillionLives) and Aaron Beibert (@Biebert)
A documentary film directed by Aaron Beibert about vaping and the tragic corruption leading to a billion lives lost to smoking.
Aaron Beibert, director of the documentary and executive productiver at AttentionEra and 8pm Warrior has attracted a huge amount of support in the making of “A Billion Lives”, which is due to be released in cinemas some some time mid-year.
If you haven’t yet seen it, the trailer is well worth a watch below and we are eagerly following Aaron and his team closely as the project comes to finalisation.
#3 VapingIT (@VapingIT)
A twitter account run by those at VapingLinks, they post regularly about the latest news and research in the vaping industry and are constantly debunking media bias and lies.
— VapingIT (@Vapingit) January 4, 2016
VapingIT is a big supporter of vaping rights and post petitions and ways of getting involved in ways you can help change the perceptions of vaping – one example being their support of CASAA – the Consumer Advocates for Smokefree Alternatives Association which “was created as an answer to the anti-Tobacco Harm Reduction groups’ efforts to ban THR products and in the belief that there is strength in our numbers”. They post regular studies of unbiased research regarding vaping and are supporters of Dr. Farsalinos as well as FDARegs.info and E-Research Foundation.
They are well worth following if you want to see the truth behind vaping.
4# Planet of the Vapes (@PVapes)
One of the largest UK vaping communities. Their website is more than just a forum where vapers can converse, ask questions or show their latest builds. They also offer regular informative and often humorous blog posts on the state of the industry with everything from health and studies to politics and campaigns which are all worth reading.
— Planet of the Vapes (@PVapes) March 9, 2016
You can keep up to date with POTV’s latest blog posts as they are each posted on Twitter when they come out. They constantly debunk vaping myths, commenting on regulations and have a distinct style of writing which Is both humorous and informative.
5# Vapers in Power (@Vapers)
Vapers in Power is a Political Party, registered in the UK with the Electoral Commission.
— Vapers In Power (@vapers) March 19, 2016
“If you vape – advocate”. Vapers in Power is all about protecting your right to vape and encourages vapers to write to their MP’s, inform them of the real news, not that which is published in scaremongering tabloid newspapers. Their Indiegogo campaign has raised £1860 in 17 days with a goal of £3000. With 14 days left, if the goal is reached they will stand two candidates to campaign against Mark Drakeford, exposing the lack of science and pointing out the consequences of his ecig ban. To get behind this campaign visit Vapers In Power’s crowdfunding campaign here, titled “Vote Vaper, not Labour”.
Visit their website Vapers in Power, for more information and if you want to write to your local MP, you can do so via Write To Vape, where you can enter your postcode and it will automatically find your local MP and write a message via the Write to Them website. It will give you instructions on how to write the message as well as information about your local MP.
6# Clive Bates (@Clive_Bates)
Bates worked for DECC, Wales, the UN, Environment Agency, Cabinet Office, ASH, Greenpeace, & IBM and now works for himself and, as an expert of the field, his tweets are all of his own views.
— Clive Bates (@Clive_Bates) March 17, 2016
CliveBates.com is his blog and is incredibly concerned about the harmful and negligent impacts of the media and how they manipulate readers – he aims to debunk many of these.
“I always flinch when I hear colleagues saying things about e-cigarettes that they know, or they should know, are completely wrong or exaggerated or scaremongering. There’s too much of that going on. We used to have very dangerous products and the makers of those used to lie about those. We have much safer products and the public health community is lying about those.”
Bates is incredibly active on Twitter and is definitely worth following.
7# Sarah J (@Twigolet)
Sarah J is Trustee of UK registered charity New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) (UK). The NNA “is concerned with improving public health, through a greater understanding of “new” (risk-reduced) nicotine products and their uses.”
HuffPo Scrambles To Fix E-Cig Story Amid Torrent Of Criticism https://t.co/kkdTkvfYcF
— Sarah J (@Twigolet) March 19, 2016
While her tweets are her own, not necessarily the view of NNA, she is a very active Twitter user who posts very relevant and informative tweets, retweets and regularly calls out journalists and influential people who oppose e-cigarettes about their misinformation.
Sarah J will be clear about her own views and isn’t afraid to express them or discuss them with followers and she is certainly worth following on Twitter.