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Use of e-cigarette in Norway. Exploring the culture and use of e-cigarettes in an Norwegian context - project description

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The main objective for this PhD-project is to explore the evolving vaper culture and use of e-cigarettes in Norway.


  • Start

    01.08.2016

  • End

    01.12.2018

  • Status

    Active

  • Financing

    KF

  • Project owner/ Project manager

    Norwegian Institute of Public Health

  • Project manager

    Rikke Iren Tokle

  • Participant at FHI

    Karl Erik Lund

Summary

The main objective for this PhD-project is to explore the evolving vaper culture and use of e-cigarettes in Norway. The study will be inductive and use qualitative methods to explore how users of e-cigarettes, also called vapers, understand their use of e-cigarettes, also called vaping, in regard to e.g. identity and motives of use. The Norwegian context concerning e.g. marked situation, political and normative climate on e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes, as well as online trading and virtual vaping communities, will be subjects to interest in the process.

 

We have three broad research questions:

 

1.            How do vapers describe their use of electronic cigarettes?

The aim of the first research question is to explore when-, were-, why- and how- users of e-cigarettes use the product. Particular emphasis will be on detecting rituals- and

patterns of use.

 

2.            How do users of e-cigarettes compare vaping to smoking?

As the majority of the established vapers are former smokers, the second research question aim to explore the transition from smoking to vaping. This questions also open up for the symbolic meaning of vaping and smoking. It is of interest to investigate how increasing stigma attached to regular smoking effect their experience and understanding of use of e-cigarettes. 

 

3.            How do vapers understand and negotiate their identity as vapers?

The purpose of the third research question is to identify if there is various groups, subculture and identities among users of e-cigarettes. In addition, investigate characteristics and how different groups differ from, - or relate to- each other.

See the full project description at Cristin for more information about results, researchers, contact information etc.

Project participants

Project leader

Rikke Iren Tokle, Avdeling for rusmidler og tobakk, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Project participants

Karl Erik Lund, Avdeling for rusmidler og tobakk, Norwegian Institute of Public Health