Tried It, Didn’t Like It

Posted 20th July 2020 by Dave Cross
The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), Britain’s consumer charity for nicotine users, has been hosting a series of hugely successful webcasts. We have seen the likes of Clive Bates and Dr Farsalinos discussing vape related matters. The latest one will feature experts discussing why smokers don’t appear to get on with alternative nicotine products and what can be done to address this.

The online webinar discussion will feature Louise Ross, Hazel Chinnery and Liz Barber discussing the subject “Tried it, didn’t like it: Why do many smokers not get on with alternatives?". It will take place from 6pm – 7pm (BST) on Thursday 23rd July.

The NNA says: “E-cigarettes have been around for over a decade now and it is difficult to find a smoker who isn’t aware of them. 3.6 million people vape and over half of those exclusively do so after formerly being smokers themselves. However, there are still millions more smokers who have tried safer alternatives but still choose to smoke cigarettes.

“What is it about reduced risk nicotine delivery products that just will not currently work for them? Is it the scare stories surrounding vaping or the lack of publicity of less harmful options due to over-cautious regulation? Is it that the technology does not quite emulate the smoking experience yet? Or maybe it is simply that, for many, there will never be anything better than ‘the real thing’?

“We will be discussing these questions and more with two confirmed smokers who have experimented with safer alternatives but still happily choose cigarettes and exploring the challenges this presents to those who would like to tempt them to switch to safer products.”


Louise worked in learning disabilities for over 30 years, both in nursing and managing a care home, before taking on a second career in tobacco control/smoking cessation in 2004. Excited by the potential of vaping to accelerate quit rates, she coined the phrase 'ecig-friendly stop smoking service' and has worked ever since to encourage other services, commissioners and healthcare workers to adopt this approach. She retired in March 2018 and now works as a freelance clinical consultant for the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training and volunteers as the Deputy Chair of the NNA.

Hazel is a self-employed global business consultant who travels extensively in her work and has learned to understand and adapt to rules on smoking in many different countries. She is a ‘proud smoker’ who has tried vaping and heat not burn products but decided they were not for her, and has not been tempted further considering many venues still demand that you must use safer products outside where she may as well smoke.

Liz is a retired Credit Controller, currently juggling the competing demands of a teenage daughter and ailing octogenarian Father whilst deprived of a vibrant social life due to current restrictions. She has been a smoker for 42 years whose only serious attempt to quit lasted 3 hours. She does use vaping devices, but only on those occasions where it is impossible to smoke.

Tried it, didn’t like it: Why do many smokers not get on with alternatives?"

6pm – 7pm (BST), Thursday 23rd July


  • NNA Webinar Registration – [link]

 Dave Cross
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