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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 15, Issue 2 (February 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) E-cigarettes are the most popular method of quitting smoking in the UK. The country is home to [...] Read more. E-cigarettes are the most popular method of quitting smoking in the UK. The country is home to approximately 2000 vape shops, and they are the most popular places from which the estimated 2.9 million British vapers buy their e-cigarettes. Our research explored how vape shops help smokers quit tobacco and remain smoke free. Qualitative interviews were undertaken with 40 people who switched to e-cigarettes to attempt to quit smoking and interactions between staff and customers were observed in six shops. Interview and observation data were triangulated to provide a comprehensive insight into shop environments. Vape shops are social environments offering product choice, expert-by-experience knowledge, and ongoing support. Health professionals could capitalise on this type of support through working in partnership with reputable vape shops to ensure the best outcomes for clients wanting to use e-cigarettes. View this paper