Next Article in Journal
Prospective Cohort Study to Elucidate the Correlation between Occupational Stress and Hypertension Risk in Oil Workers from Kelamayi City in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China
Next Article in Special Issue
Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems among Adults with Mental Health Conditions, 2015
Previous Article in Journal
Visualising and Thinking and Interpreting. Response to the Burstyn and De Roos Comments on Sorahan, T. Multiple Myeloma and Glyphosate Use: A Re-Analysis of US Agricultural Health Study (AHS) Data. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 1548–1559
Previous Article in Special Issue
Identification of Vape Shops in Two North Carolina Counties: An Approach for States without Retailer Licensing
Article Menu
Issue 1 (January) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(1), 7; doi:10.3390/ijerph14010007

Motivations and Limitations Associated with Vaping among People with Mental Illness: A Qualitative Analysis of Reddit Discussions

1
School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Herston, QLD 4006, Australia
2
Policy and Epidemiology Group, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, Locked Bag 500, Archerfield, QLD 4018, Australia
3
School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland, Herston, QLD 4006, Australia
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Mark Wolfson
Received: 28 October 2016 / Revised: 27 November 2016 / Accepted: 19 December 2016 / Published: 22 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue E-Cigarettes: Epidemiology, Policy and Public Health)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [311 KB, uploaded 22 December 2016]

Abstract

This study aims to understand the nature and significance of online lay discussions about e-cigarettes and mental illness. We systematically searched the website Reddit.com using keywords related to e-cigarettes and mental illness. We coded relevant posts into themes under the framework of motivations for and limitations of vaping for people with mental illness. The thematic analysis included 3263 comments from 133 discussion threads. Six themes were classified as motivations to vape for people with mental illness: Self-medication; Quitting smoking; Freedom and control; Hobby; Social connectedness; and Motivation from caregivers and online communities. The limitations of vaping included: Unsatisfactory substitute for cigarettes and psychiatric medicines; Drug interactions; Nicotine addiction; Risks of e-liquid; Practical difficulties and Cost. People with mental illness; and their carers; use online discussion boards like Reddit to discuss the benefits and limitations of e-cigarettes for people with mental illness. Both positive and negative views exist. Media platforms like Reddit may shape the opinions of stakeholders and generate lay expertise about contentious health topics such as e-cigarettes. These findings have implications for policy and practice concerning assisting smokers with mental illness to reduce their health risk through switching to e-cigarettes. View Full-Text
Keywords: social media; mental disorders; smoking cessation; harm reduction; qualitative research; electronic cigarettes; Reddit; vaping social media; mental disorders; smoking cessation; harm reduction; qualitative research; electronic cigarettes; Reddit; vaping
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Supplementary material

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Sharma, R.; Wigginton, B.; Meurk, C.; Ford, P.; Gartner, C.E. Motivations and Limitations Associated with Vaping among People with Mental Illness: A Qualitative Analysis of Reddit Discussions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 7.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top