AVCA was formed in April 2016 by vapers from across New Zealand who were concerned about having their voices heard by those in local and national government with regards to their rights to purchase electronic cigarettes, nicotine containing e-liquid and the ability to vape in public. All members are volunteers and are former smokers who have been and continue to promote vaping as an alternative to using combustible tobacco products. All of us are adults, all of us are former smokers and we know that vaping is an effective means to tobacco harm reduction through our shared experience.  Experience which has been validated through science and research conducted both onshore and overseas.