“7124 PARTICIPANTS” is a study of patterns of electronic cigarette use among vapers in Malaysia.
The number refers to the 7,124 people who took part in the study, making it almost certainly the largest of its kind carried out anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region. The research took place in the first half of 2016 and the results made public late July 2016.
On this site you can find outlines of the results, as well as some details of who took part, and hear from the study’s author, Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos (pictured).
Based in Greece, Dr Farsalinos is one of the world’s leading cardiologists. He has visited Malaysia and presented previous findings on e-cigarettes and harm reduction, and is a firm advocate of the use of e-cigarettes as a means of helping smokers to reduce or – preferably – stop smoking tobacco altogether.
E-cigarettes do not burn but instead produce a vapour [technically known as an ‘aerosol’]. This vapour contains none of the cancer-causing chemicals and particles that make cigarette smoke such a known danger, and are described by experts as “at least 95 percent safer than smoking”.
Check out the results on these pages. Among the findings of this uniquely widespread investigation are:
a very large proportion of Malaysian vapers are using e-cigarettes to quit or reduce smoking;
more than 80 percent of respondents report improvements in “general physical status” as a result of switching (partially or completely) to vaping;
almost all have come from smoking tobacco (and fewer than one percent have not been tobacco users previously);
almost all respondents support age-of-sale restrictions to prevent youth from vaping.