Giving up smoking


Age at interview: 56

Brief outline: Rosanna became curious about e-cigarettes following a visit from one of her sons who was using e-cigarettes to try to give up smoking. Her son showed her online information about e-cigarettes. Rosanna aims to give up smoking cigarettes gradually. At the moment, she is using e-cigarettes to cut down the number of cigarettes she smokes. She no longer feels the need to smoke at work and if needed, she uses her e-cigarette.

Background: Rosanna is divorced and has three adult children. She is an academic working in the field of health research. Ethnic background: White British.

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Rosanna smoked during her teen years, but she gave it up before she had her children. She stopped smoking for many years and only started again in the last six, or seven years. At the time, she was going through a stressful time in her life, and found cigarette smoking a good stress reliever.
Rosanna works in a health-related environment, and said that she is well aware of the dangers of cigarette smoking. A few years ago, she had a cancer scare (not lung cancer), which gave her an understanding of what it is like having a serious illness. For some time now, she has been thinking about giving up smoking, but says she fluctuates between periods of cutting down followed by periods of heavy smoking due to stress related events.
Rosanna was curious about e-cigarettes following a visit from one of her sons and his girlfriend. They were trying to give up smoking with the help of e-cigarettes. Rosanna knew very little about e-cigarettes, and wasn’t very impressed with it after vaping. Her son explained that it takes a few days to get used to. He went on to show her information on the web about e-cigarette and gave her an introduction explaining the different types, how to recharge the battery, about the different flavours, etc.
Around Christmas 2014, Rosanna bought her first e-cigarette kit and started using it. She still finds that e-cigarettes don’t give the kind of hit she gets from a cigarette, but says she is getting used to it. At the moment she is using both, the e-cigarette and smoking cigarettes. At work, she uses the e-cigarette, but at home she still smokes. She feels that one of the difficulties of giving up smoking is the ritual associated with it: the lighting it, the time of the day, other smokers, etc. Her next target is to see if she can manage just with vaping. Her aim is to stop smoking cigarettes completely. Her son and girlfriend have stopped smoking cigarettes as well as the e-cigarette.


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