Youth and the sociability of “Vaping”

Jennifer A. Yule, Julie S. Tinson

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This article examines the contemporary and evolving social ritual of vaping (also known as the use and consumption of e-cigarettes). This novel research finds a typology of users in a heterogeneous youth market and shows how the introduction of this new practice challenges existing ritual boundaries. Previous research has focused on the de-marketing of tobacco and smoking cessation. Here, virtuous, dynamic, vulnerable, and invisible vapers are identified with each demonstrating differing levels of emotional engagement and characteristics of vaping behaviors. Utilizing Collins' theory of interaction rituals as a lens, this qualitative study explores the sociability of vaping practices to gain a deeper understanding of the enduring appeal of vaping and the subsequent consequences for youth “smoking” behaviors. While some vapers advocate the health benefits of this relatively new practice, the use of e-cigarettes is also used as a form of resistance as well as mechanism for misbehavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Consumer Behaviour
Issue number1
Early online date31 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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