Meet our Doctors
Dr Attila Danko
Nicovape’s Medical Director
Dr Danko has been in clinical practice for almost 20 years, initially in General Practice and then in Emergency Medicine. He was a smoker for over 30 years, and only managed to finally give up in 2014 with the assistance of e-cigarettes. He understands how hard it can be to give up smoking, and believes that all reasonable options to quit should be legally and conveniently accessible, especially if all other methods have failed. Appalled by the severe restrictions in Australia against potentially life saving e-cigarette products which current scientific research predict have less than 5% of the harm of smoking, he has campaigned day and night to allow them to be sold as consumer products, just like cigarettes, because countless lives are at stake.
We have combined the most effective e-cigarette product available on the market with a combination of different strengths and flavourings. These are very different e-cigarette devices to the big cloud producing types often associated with vaping. They are small and discreet, only produce a small wisp of vapour, are manufactured to the highest quality standards possible, and are the safest, most effective option available. They are extremely easy to use, no fiddling with refilling or replacing coils, just pop in a pod and go. They also deliver highly effective amounts of nicotine fast, just like a cigarette, to adequately satisfy the cravings and fight off relapse, but without the serious health concerns associated with inhaling smoke and tar.”
Dr Danko believes that these products can be used with confidence by Australasian smokers who haven’t been able to quit using existing methods. Even by smokers who have given vaping a go before without success, he advises they should give e-cigarettes another try using the new Nicovape products which use their vastly more effective Nicotine-Salt technology.
In his capacity as Nicovape’s Medical Director, he plans to educate Australasian doctors on the potential benefits e-cigarettes can provide to public health, and hopes many will join him in recommending Nicovape products to their patients who haven’t been able to quit using existing methods, now that a much safer, and legal alternative is available.
Dr Karen Counter – Tobacco Treatment Specialist
One of our affiliated Prescribing Doctors
“Hi, my name is Karen Counter. I am a registered Australian medical practitioner specialising in tobacco treatment, and one of the prescribing GP’s affiliated with Nicovape’s prescription service.
I predominantly specialise in the treatment of chronic disease and preventative medicine, and provide patients with advice on smoking cessation options. I am also a member of the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals.
I have previously worked at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Institute Smoking Clinic, and also at the Respiratory Medicine department at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. After decades in general practice, I have treated countless patients who were suffering from smoking-related illnesses, and have been watching smokers die for over 35 years.
A growing body of international scientific research has found that e-cigarettes are helping many smokers to quit, and it is estimated that over 7 million Europeans have successfully quit smoking using e-cigarettes. While the long-term health effects of these products have not yet been established, based on current knowledge of the ingredients in e-cigarette vapour, it is highly likely they will be much less harmful than smoking. Current scientific research suggests they are at least 20 times, or 95% safer than smoking.
Almost all of the harm from smoking is due to the inhalation of tar, carbon monoxide, and 7,000 other toxic chemicals in the smoke, produced by burning tobacco leaf. E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, and there is no combustion or smoke. Although nicotine is the main addictive chemical in tobacco, it has relatively minor health effects, except in pregnancy and possibly in adolescence. Contrary to the average persons belief, nicotine does not cause cancer or lung disease, and plays only a minor role in heart disease.
As e-cigarettes are inhaled, they may prove to be as addictive as cigarettes, so it is always best to stop vaping at some time if you are able to do so. However, continuing to vape is preferred if stopping puts you at risk of relapse to smoking.
As a doctor, it is my ethical duty to provide my patients with accurate advice and access to the best possible health care services and products that are legally available.
The reason I am willing to prescribe Nicovape products to my patients is because they are produced in GMP-certified facilities, ensuring the products I prescribe my patients are of the highest quality, affordable and simple to use.
– Dr Karen Counter