A Qualitative Analysis of Maori and Pacific people's Experiences of Using Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)

Elizabeth Strickett, Lindsay Robertson, Andrew Waa, Mei Ling Blank, Stephanie Erick, Janet Hoek

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: If electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are to bring public health benefits, members of population groups most affected by smoking must find them an easily adopted and satisfying replacement for smoking. We explored experiences of ENDS uptake and use among Māori and Pacific peoples living in New Zealand and probed factors that assisted transitions from smoking to vaping. METHODS: We recruited 16 participants using whānaungatanga and community advertising. All were aged 18 or over, identified as Māori or Pacific (or both), had smoked at least 100 cigarettes, and were current ENDS users. We undertook in-depth interviews and analyzed the data using a thematic analysis approach. RESULTS: We identified two key challenges that participants reported facing: their search for a satisfying ENDS experience and resisting social cues that could trigger relapse. Two supportive factors facilitated and reinforced smoking to vaping transitions: improved financial and physical well-being, and feeling connected to vaping communities. CONCLUSION: Learning about ENDS devices from those who had successfully switched from smoking to vaping provided much-needed information, reinforced the financial benefits of switching, and could inspire those making this transition to persist until they too become smoke free. IMPLICATIONS: Measures to support transitions from smoking to ENDS use could reduce inequities in smoking prevalence that indigenous people experience. Collective cessation interventions that draw on communities' knowledge and connections may enable smokers to access support that helps them navigate the potentially complex pathway from smoking to vaping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-556
Number of pages7
JournalNicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Volume23
Issue number3
Early online date18 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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