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Government and public health responses to e-cigarettes in New Zealand: vapers' perspectives.
Harm Reduct J. 2018 04 05; 15(1):13.HR

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The New Zealand (NZ) government is to lift the ban on the sale of nicotine for use in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

METHODS

Using a naturalistic approach, we sought to understand how the current law was experienced by e-cigarette users (vapers). Twenty-nine vapers were interviewed by telephone, between May and September 2016, using a semi-structured interview schedule. Open-ended questions covered: initiating vaping, the experience of stopping smoking, technical problems encountered, reasons for vaping, acceptability of vaping, addiction to vaping and advice given to smokers about vaping. The audio recordings were transcribed and then independently coded using a general inductive thematic analysis.

RESULTS

This paper presents the main theme which was that vapers employed a range of reactionary strategies to the ban on the sale of nicotine e-liquid in NZ. These included lobbying government, spreading the word, establishing vaper support groups, helping people stop smoking by switching to vaping and advocating for e-cigarettes to be incorporated into smoking cessation practice.

CONCLUSIONS

Vapers' experience and observations form a popular or lay epidemiology--one that identified that e-cigarettes were helping people stop smoking and could thus deliver public health benefits. Public health researchers and workers, and government fears about vaping, and proposals to strengthen restrictions contributed to the growth of the vaper community who reacted by forming self-help groups and providing alternative cessation support to smokers. For a significant switch from smoking to vaping to occur, the health sector needs to have a change of attitude towards vaping that is positive, and the public needs evidence-based information on vaping. A first step could be for the health sector to collaborate with the vaping community to reorient current tobacco control and cessation practice to encourage smokers to switch to less harmful smoke-free alternatives to smoking.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Global Public Health, P O Box 82, Glenorchy, 9350, New Zealand.School of Health Sciences, College of Health, Massey University, Private Box 756, Wellington, 6140, New Zealand. m.glover@massey.ac.nz.School of Health Sciences, College of Health, Massey University, Private Box 756, Wellington, 6140, New Zealand.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29618352

Citation

Fraser, Trish, et al. "Government and Public Health Responses to E-cigarettes in New Zealand: Vapers' Perspectives." Harm Reduction Journal, vol. 15, no. 1, 2018, p. 13.
Fraser T, Glover M, Truman P. Government and public health responses to e-cigarettes in New Zealand: vapers' perspectives. Harm Reduct J. 2018;15(1):13.
Fraser, T., Glover, M., & Truman, P. (2018). Government and public health responses to e-cigarettes in New Zealand: vapers' perspectives. Harm Reduction Journal, 15(1), 13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-018-0219-9
Fraser T, Glover M, Truman P. Government and Public Health Responses to E-cigarettes in New Zealand: Vapers' Perspectives. Harm Reduct J. 2018 04 5;15(1):13. PubMed PMID: 29618352.
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