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Online Vape Shop Customers Who Use E-Cigarettes Report Abstinence from Smoking and Improved Quality of Life, But a Substantial Minority Still Have Vaping-Related Health Concerns.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 07 17; 14(7)IJ

Abstract

(1)

Background:

Characteristics and usage patterns of vapers (e-cigarette users) have mainly been studied in web-based convenience samples or in visitors of brick-and-mortar vape shops. We extended this by targeting customers of one particular online vape shop in the Netherlands; (2)

Methods:

Customers were questioned on their smoking history, current smoking and vaping status, reasons for vaping, perceived harmfulness, and potential health changes due to vaping; (3)

Results:

Almost everyone (99%, 95% CI 0.96, 1.00) smoked before they started vaping. A great majority agreed that unlike with other smoking-cessation aids, they could quit smoking (81%, 95% CI 0.79, 0.90) due to vaping. Almost all customers were regular vapers (93.6%, 95% CI 0.89, 0.96) who used state-of-the-art open system devices without modifications and e-liquid with 10 mg/mL nicotine on average. Vapers reported using e-cigs to quit smoking, because e-cigs are healthier, and for financial reasons. The majority (52.6%, 95% CI 0.46, 0.60) perceived vaping as not that harmful to not harmful at all, but one fifth (21.8%, 95% CI 0.16, 0.28) believed vaping to be harmful. More than half (57.8%, 95% CI 0.50, 0.65) reported gaining more pleasure from vaping than from smoking. A substantial majority (84.2%, 95% CI 0.78, 0.89) agreed that their health had improved since they started vaping; (4)

Conclusions:

Findings are similar to those obtained in other vape shop studies, but also to the results of convenience samples of less-well-defined populations.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Applied Psychology Unit, Thomas More Mechelen-Antwerp University College, Molenstraat 8, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium. dinska.vangucht@thomasmore.be. Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven-University of Leuven, Tiensestraat 102, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. dinska.vangucht@thomasmore.be.Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven-University of Leuven, Tiensestraat 102, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. karolien.adriaens@kuleuven.be.Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven-University of Leuven, Tiensestraat 102, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. frank.baeyens@kuleuven.be.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28714914

Citation

Gucht, Dinska Van, et al. "Online Vape Shop Customers Who Use E-Cigarettes Report Abstinence From Smoking and Improved Quality of Life, but a Substantial Minority Still Have Vaping-Related Health Concerns." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 14, no. 7, 2017.
Gucht DV, Adriaens K, Baeyens F. Online Vape Shop Customers Who Use E-Cigarettes Report Abstinence from Smoking and Improved Quality of Life, But a Substantial Minority Still Have Vaping-Related Health Concerns. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14(7).
Gucht, D. V., Adriaens, K., & Baeyens, F. (2017). Online Vape Shop Customers Who Use E-Cigarettes Report Abstinence from Smoking and Improved Quality of Life, But a Substantial Minority Still Have Vaping-Related Health Concerns. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(7). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14070798
Gucht DV, Adriaens K, Baeyens F. Online Vape Shop Customers Who Use E-Cigarettes Report Abstinence From Smoking and Improved Quality of Life, but a Substantial Minority Still Have Vaping-Related Health Concerns. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 07 17;14(7) PubMed PMID: 28714914.
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