An interpretative phenomenological analysis of discontinued use of the e-cigarette

Alexis-Garsee, Camille ORCID:, Meehan, Stephanie and van den Akker, Olga ORCID: (2019) An interpretative phenomenological analysis of discontinued use of the e-cigarette. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 14 (2) . pp. 104-111. ISSN 1834-2612 [Article] (doi:10.1017/jsc.2018.21)

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Introduction: Many UK smokers use e-cigarettes as a quitting aid; however a substantial number discontinue use of the e-cigarette and revert to smoking. Understanding why this may happen is important both for individuals and for stop smoking services.
Aims: To explore young adult smokers’ experiences of use and discontinued use of the e-cigarette.
Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six participants who tried e-cigarettes for at least seven days and returned to smoking. Data was transcribed and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis.
Results: Findings suggested participants held conflicting attitudes about using e-cigarettes, which undermined attempts to quit smoking, and led to the discontinuation of the e-cigarette. These conflicts centred on participants’ discomfort with the e-cigarette or vaping identity, lack of abstinence self-efficacy and navigation of barriers to e-cigarette use. The complex interplay of these factors may have led to an underestimation of the individual effort required to continue vaping and reinforced participants’ perception of the e-cigarette as an inferior product to the cigarette.
Conclusions: Future research should focus on the role of identity, self-efficacy, control and smokers’ expectations of e-cigarettes on smoking cessation as these may be important factors to consider for a more tailored service for e-cigarette users.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 24419
Notes on copyright: This article has been published in a revised form in Journal of Smoking Cessation, This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © The Author(s) 2018
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Depositing User: Camille Alexis-Garsee
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 15:20
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 12:49

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