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About One in Five Novice Vapers Buying Their First E-Cigarette in a Vape Shop Are Smoking Abstinent after Six Months.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 08 31; 15(9)IJ

Abstract

Background: E-cigarette use is rising with the majority of vapers purchasing their e-cigarettes in vape shops. We investigated the smoking/vaping trajectories and quit-smoking success rates of smokers deciding to start vaping for the first time and buying their e-cigarette in brick-and-mortar vape shops in Flanders. Methods: Participants filled out questionnaires assessing smoking/vaping behaviour at three moments (intake, after three and six months) and smoking status was biochemically verified using eCO measurements. Results: Participants (n = 71) were regular smokers (MeCO-intake = 22 ppm), half of whom reported a motivation to quit smoking in the near future. Participants bought 3rd/4th generation e-cigarettes and e-liquid with a nicotine concentration averaging 7 mg/mL. A smoking reduction of 53% (17 cigarettes per day (CPD) at intake to 8 CPD after six months) was observed, whereas eCO decreased to 15 ppm. Eighteen percent of participants had quit smoking completely (eCO = 2 ppm), another 25% had at least halved CPD, whereas 57% had failed to reduce CPD by at least 50% (including 13% lost to follow-up). Quitters consumed more e-liquid than reducers and those who continued to smoke. Conclusions: Around one in five smoking customers buying their first e-cigarette in a brick-and-mortar vape shop had quit smoking completely after six months.

Authors+Show Affiliations

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

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30200290

Citation

Adriaens, Karolien, et al. "About One in Five Novice Vapers Buying Their First E-Cigarette in a Vape Shop Are Smoking Abstinent After Six Months." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 15, no. 9, 2018.
Adriaens K, Van Gucht D, Baeyens F. About One in Five Novice Vapers Buying Their First E-Cigarette in a Vape Shop Are Smoking Abstinent after Six Months. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018;15(9).
Adriaens, K., Van Gucht, D., & Baeyens, F. (2018). About One in Five Novice Vapers Buying Their First E-Cigarette in a Vape Shop Are Smoking Abstinent after Six Months. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(9). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15091886
Adriaens K, Van Gucht D, Baeyens F. About One in Five Novice Vapers Buying Their First E-Cigarette in a Vape Shop Are Smoking Abstinent After Six Months. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 08 31;15(9) PubMed PMID: 30200290.
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TY - JOUR T1 - About One in Five Novice Vapers Buying Their First E-Cigarette in a Vape Shop Are Smoking Abstinent after Six Months. AU - Adriaens,Karolien, AU - Van Gucht,Dinska, AU - Baeyens,Frank, Y1 - 2018/08/31/ PY - 2018/07/16/received PY - 2018/08/23/revised PY - 2018/08/29/accepted PY - 2018/9/12/entrez PY - 2018/9/12/pubmed PY - 2019/1/29/medline KW - electronic cigarette KW - tobacco harm reduction KW - vape shop JF - International journal of environmental research and public health JO - Int J Environ Res Public Health VL - 15 IS - 9 N2 - Background: E-cigarette use is rising with the majority of vapers purchasing their e-cigarettes in vape shops. We investigated the smoking/vaping trajectories and quit-smoking success rates of smokers deciding to start vaping for the first time and buying their e-cigarette in brick-and-mortar vape shops in Flanders. Methods: Participants filled out questionnaires assessing smoking/vaping behaviour at three moments (intake, after three and six months) and smoking status was biochemically verified using eCO measurements. Results: Participants (n = 71) were regular smokers (MeCO-intake = 22 ppm), half of whom reported a motivation to quit smoking in the near future. Participants bought 3rd/4th generation e-cigarettes and e-liquid with a nicotine concentration averaging 7 mg/mL. A smoking reduction of 53% (17 cigarettes per day (CPD) at intake to 8 CPD after six months) was observed, whereas eCO decreased to 15 ppm. Eighteen percent of participants had quit smoking completely (eCO = 2 ppm), another 25% had at least halved CPD, whereas 57% had failed to reduce CPD by at least 50% (including 13% lost to follow-up). Quitters consumed more e-liquid than reducers and those who continued to smoke. Conclusions: Around one in five smoking customers buying their first e-cigarette in a brick-and-mortar vape shop had quit smoking completely after six months. SN - 1660-4601 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30200290/About_One_in_Five_Novice_Vapers_Buying_Their_First_E_Cigarette_in_a_Vape_Shop_Are_Smoking_Abstinent_after_Six_Months_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -