Barriers and facilitators to using vaporised nicotine products as smoking cessation aids among people receiving treatment for substance use disorder

Alistair Lum, Eliza Skelton, Maryanne Robinson, Ashleigh Guillaumier, Olivia Wynne, Coral Gartner, Ron Borland, Amanda Baker, Adrian Dunlop, Ross B. Wilkinson, Billie Bonevski

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Abstract

Introduction: Vaporised nicotine products (VNPs) may be useful smoking cessation aids for people in alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment, a population with high tobacco-related morbidity and mortality rates. This qualitative study aimed to examine the barriers and facilitators of using VNPs as part of a clinical trial to reduce or quit smoking among people in AOD treatment. Methods: Thirteen people in AOD treatment who were participating in a trial of VNPs for smoking cessation (QuitENDs) completed a brief semi-structured interview examining experiences of using VNPs to reduce or quit smoking. Transcribed data was analysed using the iterative categorisation framework. Results: Many participants expressed the benefit of having a smoking cessation aid that addressed nicotine cravings and the behavioural hand-to-mouth action to help them reduce or quit smoking. Although many participants reported that VNPs were easy to use, some found maintaining the device to be challenging. Some participants described Australian regulations limiting use of VNPs as reducing their desire to use the device as a cessation aid. Many participants attempting to reduce or quit tobacco and cannabis simultaneously stated that VNPs alone were insufficient to help them reduce or quit tobacco. Conclusions: VNPs hold significant promise as smoking cessation aids among people in AOD treatment because of their unique ability to satisfy both nicotine cravings and behavioural habits. However, multiple barriers, such as accessibility, maintenance, and the challenges of reducing other substance use simultaneously also need to be addressed for optimal engagement in clinical trials with VNPs to quit smoking.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107097
Number of pages4
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume124
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Barriers
  • E-cigarettes
  • Facilitators
  • Qualitative research
  • Smoking cessation, substance use disorder
  • Vaping
  • VNPs

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