Dr Farsalinos (pictured) will be in Kuala Lumpur July 25 to launch the study results and discuss his findings with media, vapers and anyone else prepared to listen to the evidence.
He has a keen interest in the situation in Malaysia, where the situation is delicately poised, with a large number of vapers awaiting developments and hoping they will be allowed to continue using e-cigarettes as a far safer alternative to smoking, which everyone acknowledges is a very substantial risk to health.
A long list of public health authorities around the world – especially in Dr Farsalinos’ native Europe – have pronounced e-cigarettes to be “at least 95 percent safer than smoking” and have enacted regulations that enable adult consumers to make the choice to switch to e-cigarettes as part of their efforts to stop smoking. Indeed, in countries such as the UK, the public-health advice is to actively encourage smokers to try vaping as it has become the most popular successful method of helping smoking cessation.
Latest data from respected institutions including Action on Smoking and Health, Public Health England and Cancer Research UK back up the evidence found so far that shows e-cigarettes to have no downside – providing they are treated as grown-up choices and not made available to young people.
Despite some rumours from conservative elements in public health, there is evidence that e-cigarettes are NOT a gateway to smoking for non-smokers. Neither is there any take-up by young people of e-cigarettes, except among teens who have already been smoking. In the latter case, if these teens switch to e-cigarettes, they too can enjoy the same benefits of smoking cessation.
Virtually everyone – including more than 90 percent Malaysian vapers, the study found – agrees that kids should not be vaping, just as they are not allowed to do numerous other things that society as a whole regards as lifestyle choices for grown-ups to make. In the case of Malaysia, licensing retailers would allow law enforcement to track and punish any retailer not complying with the law – just as in other consumer-product sectors.