During the first half of 2016, 7,124 Malay people participated in an online study pertaining to electronic cigarette use and motives. The study came to the conclusion that current vapers are “almost uniquely former smokers” that use vaping as a means to quit or reduce smoking, according to VapingPost.
The responses generally agreed that their health has improved since switching completely or partially to vaping. For example:
- 9 percent reported better sleep
- 4 percent reported increased ability to exercise
- 88 percent reported improvement in personal tasting pleasure
- 5 percent reported improved sense of smell
- 4 percent reported better breathing
These findings are in contradiction with the Malaysian government’s claim that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking for non-smokers. These claims have put the vaping market at a decline as they face pressure from the spread of misleading information. But in actuality, vaping, e-cigarettes, and vape shops are not the ones to blame considering many smokers turn to vaping as a method to quit and live healthier than before.
Dr. Farsalinos, who conducted the study, anticipates that about 80 percent of current vapers would “likely or very likely” revert back to smoking traditional cigarettes. He has spoken out about the spread of misinformation in Malaysia and now with the information from this study, he can factually defend the case for e-cigarettes and vapors. Contrastingly, Dr. Dalilah of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia has publicly stated, “vapourised nicotine is similar to nitric acid which may trigger cancer,” which has been debunked by far more than Dr. Farsalinos.
As the vaping market comes under attack, be aware of the spread of false information. Refer back to the facts and if you’re still at a loss, talk to someone at your local vape shop for further information on the health benefits of switching to vape.