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J Public Health Policy. 2015 Nov;36(4):440-51. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2015.31. Epub 2015 Oct 1.

VapeCons: E-cigarette user conventions.

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Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina, CB 7426, Chapel Hill NC 27599, USA. E-mail: rebeccawilliams@unc.edu.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

E-cigarette 'vaping conventions' provide a venue for user social networking, parties, and 'try before you buy' access to a wide range of e-cigarette products. This study identifies and describes vaping conventions, raising awareness of this potentially problematic practice.

METHODS:

Conventions were identified via Google searches in April and May 2014 and August 2015. Details captured included location, sponsors, admission cost, event features, and promotions.

RESULTS:

41 distinct organizations have planned 90 vaping conventions in 37 different locations since 2010. Conventions promoted access to a wide range of product vendors, seminars, social interactions with other users, parties, gifts, vaping contests, and other events. E-cigarette use at conventions was encouraged.

CONCLUSIONS:

Vaping conventions promote e-cigarette use and social norms without public health having a voice to educate attendees about negative consequences of use. Future research should focus on the effects of attending these conventions on attendees and on indoor air quality in vapor-filled convention rooms.

PMID:
26424201
PMCID:
PMC4641520
DOI:
10.1057/jphp.2015.31
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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