Who is the smartest, most capable vaping advocate in the world? Well, we don’t know for sure, but it might just be the administrator of the Irish Vape Vendors Association (IVVA). While some advocates understand the politics, others grasp the science, and some are good speakers and quick on their feet, Gillian Golden puts all those things together, and goes a couple steps further.
She doesn’t merely have a basic working understanding of most scientific studies, as many vaping advocates do. No, she can read complex studies and pick out even subtle the flaws quickly. She can view multiple sides of a political issue, and do a quick assessment on why a public health person might be approachable from one angle but not another. She inspires confidence and trust in friends and opponents — a very valuable skill in an industry desperate for friends.
Someday she may get burned out and decide to make some real money as a lobbyist or a public relations specialist. But until then, the vaping businesses of Ireland can count themselves as extremely fortunate to have this most capable advocate.