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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Vaping for weight control: findings from a qualitative study
Author(s): Dobbie, Fiona
Uny, Isabelle
Jackson, Sarah
Brown, Jamie
Aveyard, Paul
Bauld, Linda
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Keywords: e-cigarettes
weight control
weight loss
qualitative research
Issue Date: Dec-2020
Citation: Dobbie F, Uny I, Jackson S, Brown J, Aveyard P & Bauld L (2020) Vaping for weight control: findings from a qualitative study. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 12, Art. No.: 100275.
Abstract: Introduction: Smokers have expressed concern about weight gain once they stop smoking and weight gain is a risk factor associated with smoking relapse. Nicotine in e-cigarettes, as well as vaping behaviour, may support smoking cessation by reducing weight gain. This study explored the factors that influence attitudes towards, and awareness of, e-cigarettes and weight control post smoking cessation. Methods: Qualitative study involving focus groups with adults in the UK (n=58) who were either exclusive vapers or dual users. Results: There was limited awareness and/or inclination to vape to prevent weight gain after stopping smoking. Reasons for this centred on: the health gains of stopping smoking outweighing any potential weight gain; a lack of understanding of the appetite supressing effects of nicotine; a belief that vaping could not suppress appetite like a cigarette and could result in craving for certain flavours; concerns about the longer-term effects of e-cigarettes on health and the ethics of promoting vaping as way to support smoking cessation by limiting weight gain, especially for young women. Conclusion: Participants in this study do not appear inclined to use e-cigarettes to prevent weight gain after smoking cessation. There is a lack of understanding about why nicotine might help prevent weight gain and a concern that e-cigarette flavours could provoke cravings and that vaping may be unsafe in the long-term.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.abrep.2020.100275
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