Researcher Talks about the Misperception of Vaping

Vaping devices are widely regarded as harm reduction devices, which are 95% safer than traditional cigarettes. Despite this, many still suspect that the effects of vaping are as dangerous as smoking a traditional tobacco cigarette.

Padjajaran University researcher Satriya Wibawa Suhardjo have taken up the cause of addressing the many misperceptions, by conducting research on the effects of vaping. The results were presented in the Global Forum on Nicotinedi Warsawa in Poland on June 14-June 16.

He is adamant that the public’s negative assumption towards vaping is baseless and not based on tested scientific researches and is a contrast to the research results presented at the forum that focuses on harm reduction.

“Society’s negative view towards vaping is problematic since it is not based on relevant data and facts. During my visit to the global nicotine forum, is received plenty of information on alternative products for tobacco, which one of it was vaping,” said Satriya, on Sunday, July 15.

His two-year research found vaping had been misperceived and negatively generalized even though his research found that vaping posed a claimed 95 per cent lower health risk compared to cigarettes.

Furthermore, Satriya’s research was conducted to find the possibility of introducing vaping as an alternative to smoking. He said that products such as electronic cigarettes have quickly flourished since it successfully became a substitute for smoking.

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