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Change and Continuity in Vaping and Smoking by Young People: A Qualitative Case Study of A Friendship Group

Centre for Substance Use Research, Block 3/2 West of Scotland Science Park, Kelvin Campus, Maryhill Road, Glasgow G20 0SP, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(5), 1008;
Received: 2 April 2018 / Revised: 11 May 2018 / Accepted: 15 May 2018 / Published: 17 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
This paper reports a qualitative case study of a small friendship group (n = 8) in Glasgow, Scotland. Interviewed twice at six months apart, these 16 to 17 year olds reported a substantial change in their use of and attitudes towards e-cigarettes and tobacco. At time 1, vaping generated much excitement and interest, with six out of eight individuals having their own vape device. At time 2, only two young people still vaped, with the others no longer professing any interest in continued vaping. The two regular smokers, who had been smoking before they first vaped, now only vaped privately and to reduce their tobacco intake. This small case study illustrates plasticity in the use of these devices; just as young people can move into their use, so too can they move away from them. This small study underscores the importance of differentiating between long-term, frequent, consistent use and more episodic, experimental and infrequent use by young people and for undertaking a measurement of actual e-cigarette use at multiple time points in both quantitative and qualitative studies. In addition, the case study illustrates the powerful impact which peers can have on teenagers use of e-cigarettes. View Full-Text
Keywords: smoking vaping; young people; transition smoking vaping; young people; transition
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McKeganey, N.; Barnard, M. Change and Continuity in Vaping and Smoking by Young People: A Qualitative Case Study of A Friendship Group. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1008.

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