Feb 12, 2019

Barriers and facilitators to switching from smoking to vaping: Advice from vapers

Drug and Alcohol Review
Kylie MorphettCoral Gartner

Abstract

Information available to consumers about nicotine vaping products varies according to the regulatory environment. A common information source in Australia, where nicotine vaping products are highly regulated, is advice from vapers. The aim of this study was to report on what advice current vapers would give to someone new to vaping. Australian vapers were recruited in 2016 via the International Tobacco Control Four-Country Smoking and Vaping survey of smokers and ex-smokers, as well as a separate recruitment process that targeted vapers. A total of 384 of 559 eligible participants responded to an open-ended question about barriers to switching from smoking to vaping, and what advice they would give to new vapers. While some participants reported switching from smoking to vaping easily, others described an adjustment period. Difficulties included learning about technical aspects of nicotine vaping products, finding the 'right' combination of device and liquid, and accessing nicotine liquid given that it cannot legally be sold. Many accounts of satisfaction with quitting smoking and improved health were provided. Advice from current vapers is likely to be particularly influential in Australia, where information about vaping is no...Continue Reading

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Cessation of Smoking
Tobacco
Regulation of Biological Process
Environment
Electronic Cigarrete Use
Medical Devices
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Electronic Cigarettes

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