UBCO researchers examine how e-cigarette users quit

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Over 60 per cent of youth who vape reported trying to quit in the last year. Photo by Toan Nguyen on Unsplash

New research from UBC Okanagan shows that gradual nicotine reduction is key to helping e-cigarette users quit.

The study, published in this week’s issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, has implications for young Canadians who are currently hooked and want to stop using e-cigarettes, commonly called vapes.

“Vaping has become a popular global phenomenon, with more than 40 million users worldwide,” says Dr. Laura Struik, assistant professor in the UBCO School of Nursing and lead researcher of the study. “Despite this growth in popularity, many current vapers admit they want to quit, particularly young Canadians. In fact, over 60 per cent of youth—ages 15 to 19—who vape reported trying to quit in the last year. Our study is the first to use the social media forum, Reddit, to find out how they are breaking this habit and how they can be best supported.”

Read the full story here: UBC Okanagan News