The Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association charity (ATHRA) will promote vaping in an effort to encourage smokers to make the switch as a far safer and cheaper option. Research shows that the number one reason for smokers trying to quit is now cost.However ATHRA is asking for our support to make sure the campaign is successful. Vape vendors from around Australia have donated more than $20,000 of vape gear, liquids and vouchers to help raise money for ATHRA with a mega raffle. Tickets are selling for as little as $3 each with sales open until 6pm on Wednesday September 5 with the draw on September 8. Head to the Aussie Vape Vendors site to see the full list of prizes and grab your ticket now. The campaign will involve:
- Social media activity
- Media releases
- Opinion pieces
- Radio, TV interviews
- Other activities – depending on budget
WHO IS ATHRAATHRA is a registered not-for-profit charity, with unpaid directors. All money received is used to achieve their key goals of raising awareness of vaping and educating the public and health professionals about vaping and other ways to reduce the harm from smoking. ATHRA is managed by the Board of Directors, which consists of four independent medical practitioners and one consumer representative. None of the directors have ever had any financial or commercial relationship with any electronic cigarette or tobacco company.
Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn
Colin is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He was a general practitioner for 27 years and now works as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist helping smokers to quit. He has a special interest in the use of less harmful alternatives to smoked tobacco for smokers who are unable to quit (tobacco harm reduction).
Dr Alex Wodak AM
Alex is a physician who was Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, from 1982 until he retired in 2012.
Dr Joe KosterichDoctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant, Joe wants you to be healthy and get the most out of life. Joe writes for numerous medical and mainstream publications and is also a regular on radio and television. He is often called to give opinions in medico legal cases and he is also an adjunct professor (teaching) at University of Western Australia. He is on the editorial advisory panel of Medical Forum Magazine and Reed Medical Conferences.
Dr Catherine Silsbury
As a specialist in Addiction Medicine, Catherine is deeply concerned that more than 80% of her patients smoke tobacco, and that this rate has not reduced over the 25 years that she has worked in Addiction Medicine, despite the Australian national smoking rate having fallen from around 30% to 16% over that time.
Stephen is a semi-retired mental health nurse. Over the course of his career, he published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, attracted over $6 million in research funding and smoked over 200,000 cigarettes. He tried to quit many times using most available methods. Some attempts were successful for weeks or months but inevitably something would trigger the desire for a cigarette and he quickly relapsed back to his 20-a-day habit.
We appreciate any support you can give ATHRA. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.You can make your donation at: https://athra.org.au/donations/