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IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Transitions to vaping in the land of the long white cloud

27th November 2019, 17:30 to 18:30, Saltwell Building, Stephenson College, Howlands Farm, Professor Janet Hoek (University of Otago)


E-cigarettes, or vapes, are variously described as a disruptive technology that could dramatically reduce smoking and ‘a weapon of mass distraction’ that will prolong the smoking epidemic. The public health benefits these novel devices offer remain vigorously contested. Yet, how can such radically different perspectives co-exist? Addressing this question requires us to move beyond dominant biomedical addiction discourse and consider vaping as a social practice and not merely an alternative nicotine delivery system.

To explore how e-cigarettes, a disputed and ambiguous innovation, could improve health and well-being, we must first discover how people who smoke negotiate new identity positions as they attempt to transition to vaping. By probing the retention, creation or relinquishment of rituals formerly paired with smoking, we may gain new insights into these fundamentally different views on vaping and its likely impact on population health

This lecture is free and open to all.

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