ABOUT US

RIGHTS FOR VAPERS

OUR TEAM

Rights 4 Vapers is a movement dedicated to advancing evidence-based regulations on vaping. We are an informal collection of committed volunteers who believe that vapers deserve to make an informed choice. We are guided by unpaid academic advisors.

PROFESSOR PSYCHOLOGY

ABOUT

DR. CHRISTOPHER
LALONDE
PH.D.

Christopher Lalonde, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the ​University of Victoria and a published author and researcher.  His research focuses on cultural influences on identity formation and wellbeing and is keenly interested in the relations between policy and youth health. He is currently involved in a research program with First Nations in British Columbia and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs  that explores how the promotion of First Nations cultures and the pursuit of self-determination fosters youth health and wellbeing.

Cardiac Surgery

ABOUT

Gopal Bhatnagar,
MD

Gopal Bhatnagar, MD, is Chief of Cardiac Surgery in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Bhatnagar served as Chief of Staff at Trillium Health Centre, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Bhatnagar received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. He completed his residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Toronto and was the youngest Chief of Cardiac Surgery appointed at the same university. He also led the development of the Cardiac Surgery Department at The Trillium Health Centre.  With his involvement over 20 years, Trillium Health Centre has become the 3rd largest cardiac surgery centre in the province and the largest beating heart surgery service in Canada. At The Trillium Health Center, he served as Chief of Cardiac Surgery from 2000 to 2005, and as Medical Director of the Cardiac Program from 2001 to 2006. Dr. Gopal then served as Chief of Staff from 2006 to 2015.

Youth Advocate

ABOUT

Helen Cran

Helen Cran is a longtime youth advocate, mother of three, grandmother of one, and full-time foster mother of high-risk youth and children with special needs. Over her career she has worked as an educational assistant in the Richmond School District and as a Program Coordinator in the community living sector where she supported and advocated for individuals with varied abilities and special needs. She has received leadership training from the Justice Institute of British Columbia and brings her passion for helping people to everything she does.

After trying to quit smoking on and off for 38 years Helen finally did so when she was introduced to vaping two years ago. She has since used this achievement as a touchstone to improve her overall health, which has led her to taking up regular cardiovascular exercise resulting in 90 pounds of weight loss. Helen’s path to good health began by kicking her addiction to tobacco and setting out to climb a single set of stairs at her local park. You will now find her in the gym five days a week and every weekend on the stairs conquering the “Coquitlam Crunch.”

OUR SUPPORTERS

Dr. Ian Irvine

Professor in Economics and C.D. Howe Research Fellow
Professor Economics, Concordia University

Professor Ian IrvineProfessor Irvine is a Professor of Economics at Concordia University. He has worked as a consultant to the Federal Government of Canada on tobacco and to legal professionals who specialize in nicotine in the private sector.

Professor Irvine has recently worked with policy implications regarding tobacco in Canadian Public Policy. His current work is primarily on tobacco-related issues. Professor Irvine is primarily concerned with Tobacco Harm Reduction, vaping regulations, and nicotine use in Canada.

 

Dr. John Oyston, MB, B Med Sci, FRCP(C)

Founder of the Quit By Vaping Program/Website
A physician dedicated to smoking cessation

Dr. John OystonDr. John Oyston is a Smoking Cessation Activist who has worked as an Anesthesiologist in Canada and New Zealand. In his work as an anesthesiologist, John has seen the damage the tobacco industry has done to people. 

Dr. Oyston founded the Stop Smoking for Safer Surgery campaign and has published a blog series about stopping smoking. Dr. Oyston is actively interested in the use of vaping to get smokers to quit and has set up a Quit by Vaping program. Visit his site at www.quitbyvaping.ca

 

Michael Landl

Director of World Vapers’ Alliance
@LandlMichael | worldvapersalliance.com | @vapers_alliance | #BackVapingBeatCancer

Michael LandlMichael Landl is the Director of The World Vapers Alliance. This organization works to amplify the voice of passionate vapers around the world & empower them to make a difference for their communities.

Michael works with leading Health Organizations and Governments proving that the science shows that vaping can help smokers quit, and the benefits of not turning to anti-vaper ideology and reactionary regulations.

 

David Williams

President of the Taxpayers Portection Alliance
@tpapres

David Williams President of the Taxpayers AssociationDavid Williams is a vaping rights advocate and the President of the Taxpayers Portection Alliance in Washington DC. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to responsible government and lower taxes. 

TPA has just released a New Explainer on Tobacco Harm Reduction & Vaping for Policy Makers and Members of the Media. https://www.protectingtaxpayers.org/harm-reduction/taxpayer-group-releases-new-explainer-on-tobacco-harm-reduction-vaping-for-policy-makers-and-members-of-the-media/