|Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos|
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center and his colleague, Dr. Giorgio Romagna, have prepared an extensive questionnaire for electronic cigarette users. The goal is to make the biggest ever survey on electronic cigarette users - more than 10,000 people - that will be published in a medical-epidemiological journal. The survey will cover major aspects on electronic cigarette use, address many of the common arguments made by those against e-cigs and could positively influence public health authorities.
The questionnaire will be released using Survey Monkey and be available in English, Greek, Italian and possibly French. The cost of the survey and data manipulation is expected to be approximately 15,000-20,000 euros (approx. $20,000 - $27,000), depending on the number of participants. CASAA will publish a link to the survey when it becomes available.
Additionally, Dr. Farsalinos recently announced that a case report he submitted for publication - of a patient with a rare clinical condition that was relieved by smoking cessation with the use of e-cigarettes - has been accepted for publication. Dr. Farsalinos wrote that the main conclusion of this case study is that, "despite the daily use of e-cig, you still obtain the health benefits of smoking cessation."
Those following electronic cigarette research may recall that Dr. Farsalinos and his team recently published the first clinical study of the acute effects of electronic cigarettes on cardiac function. They decided to compare their results with the acute effects of regular cigarettes on cardiac function since electronic cigarettes are marketed to smokers only, as an alternative habit. Researchers found that e-cigarettes appeared to cause no acute adverse effects on cardiac function during the study.