A Qualitative Exploration of the Role of Vape Shop Environments in Supporting Smoking Abstinence

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Ward, E, Cox, SA, Dawkins, LE, Jakes, S, Holland, R and Notley, C (2018). A Qualitative Exploration of the Role of Vape Shop Environments in Supporting Smoking Abstinence. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15 (2), p. 297.
AuthorsWard, E, Cox, SA, Dawkins, LE, Jakes, S, Holland, R and Notley, C
Abstract

E-cigarettes are the most popular method of quitting smoking in England and most are purchased in specialist vape shops. This qualitative study explores how the vape shop environment is experienced by quitters to support smoking abstinence. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted to elicit experiences of e-cigarette use, including experiences of vape shops, in 40 people who had used e-cigarettes in a quit attempt. Observations of six shops in a range of locations were also undertaken. Interview and observation data were analysed using inductive thematic analysis and triangulated. At an individual level, smoking abstinence was supported through shop assistants’ attempts to understand customers’ smoking preferences in order to: (i) tailor advice about the most appropriate product; and (ii) offer an ongoing point of contact for practical help. At an interpersonal level, shops offered opportunity to socialise and reinforce a vaping identity, although the environment was perceived as intimidating for some (e.g., new and female users). At a structural level, shops ensured easy access to products perceived to be good value by customers and had adapted to legislative changes. Vape shops can provide effective behavioural support to quitters to maintain smoking abstinence. Health professionals could capitalise on this through partnership working with shops, to ensure best outcomes for clients wanting to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking.

Keywordselectronic cigarettes; vape shops; smoking cessation; relapse prevention; stop smoking services; MD Multidisciplinary; Toxicology
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal citation15 (2), p. 297
PublisherMDPI
ISSN1661-7827
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3390/ijerph15020297
Publication dates
Print09 Feb 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited12 Feb 2018
Accepted08 Jan 2018
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY 4.0
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