Giving up smoking

Jai

Male
Age at interview: 43

Brief outline: Jai has been smoking for about twenty five years. He has used different methods to try to give up smoking like patches, chewing gum - but he always ended up going back to smoking cigarettes. In December 2014 he started using e-cigarettes every day and he has reduced cigarettes from twenty a day to five or ten a week. He said that it is important to find the right flavour that works for you.

Background: Jai is divorced and has two teenage children. He works as an engineer. Ethnic background: White British.

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Jai has been smoking for about twenty five years. In the past, he tried different methods – the patches, the chewing gum - to try to give up smoking, but he always ended up going back to cigarettes. In December 2014, he started using e-cigarettes every day and he has reduced cigarettes from twenty a day to five or ten a week.
 
His decision to try e-cigarettes came after he realised he was smoking mostly out of habit, not enjoyment. The second reason was financial. He reckons that now he spends around seven pounds a week compared with the eight to ten pounds a day he used to spend. Health wise he feels a lot better too, he used to have a slight smoker’s cough.
 
Jai bought his e cigarette kit in September 2014 and he used it on and off for several months without really committing to it. His attitude and smoking behaviour changed when he found a flavour that has worked for him. He found it easier to vape regularly once he tasted aniseed. Most days he doesn’t smoke cigarettes, but when out socialising with friends who smoke, he finds it tricky, especially if alcohol is involved. In general, Jai has noted that vaping has reduced the amount of smoking he does. He reckons that since starting using e-cigarettes, he is vaping the equivalent of eight to ten cigarettes a week instead of the twenty a day.
 
Apart from aniseed, Jai also likes menthol and mint flavours and buys them online because it is cheaper. Jai has reduced the nicotine content on his menthol flavour to a lower strength. It is a strong flavour, so he finds eleven milligrams of nicotine is sufficient. He wants to eventually reduce the amount of nicotine to zero and once he is vaping just water, to stop smoking altogether. He doesn’t have a deadline, but feels confident he will eventually give up smoking.
 
Jai found information about e cigarettes online but did not talk to his GP about his intention to give up smoking through the use of e-cigarettes.
 

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