The nurse behind it all

A personal note from Kellie Ann RN

I started smoking before my teens. I didn’t enjoy smoking. It harmed my health, made me stink, but what bothered me most was I was powerless over my addiction. I tried everything to quit. Sometimes, I would quit for a few months or even a few years, but one drag and I was a pack-a-day smoker within a week. I bought a $30 vaporizer online and I haven’t had a single urge to smoke since. Vaping freed me from the grip of tobacco addiction!

 

 

I wanted to understand what I was inhaling, so I accessed a medical data base and read hundreds of published articles on vaping. As a registered nurse, I am trained to conduct research to form an educated opinion. I am satisfied that vaping is not only exceedingly less harmful than smoking but it is an appealing alternative to current smokers for very sound reasons.

After talking with people about vaping, it became clear that what they thought they knew about vaping was either incomplete or just outright incorrect. They were learning misinformation, half truths or information out of context. I became concerned that the public and my colleagues lacked the facts to make informed decisions about the health improving potential of tobacco harm reduction.

 

I have provided palliative care to many patients with smoking related diseases. They and their loved ones suffer through this process. Every one of them touched my heart. Smoking related diseases are 100% preventable. I formed VAEP to help smokers learn about tobacco harm reduction; they have a right to know their options and so do their loved ones.

 

With the generous contributions of time, money and skills from members of the vaping community, VAEP started to take shape and was incorporated in April 2016. The business plan includes over 30 strategies to educate the population and empower vapers to advocate effectively. Our website is the first of these strategies. VAEPworld.com provides  information based on credible evidence and formatted so that anyone can understand it.

 

VAEP is based on the principle that everyone should have access to the information to ensure they are making informed decisions, so all of our learning resources are free and always accessible. We are supported, in part, by businesses that have joined our community on the VAEP Map found on our home page. Regardless of differences of opinions on many subjects, these businesses all stand in solidarity for informed decision making.

 

 

Kellie Ann Forbes BScN, RN

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