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However, they didn't view such slip-ups as the end of their attempt to quit smoking.
"In the past, a brief smoking lapse would almost always lead to a full relapse, and people would usually feel like a failure for slipping up. But this was before people started switching to vaping," said lead researcher Caitlin Notley.
"The difference is that for some vapers (in this study), the odd cigarette was thought of as being 'allowed.' For others, an unintentional cigarette made them even more determined to maintain abstinence in the future," said Notley, of the University of East Anglia in England.
"Either way, it didn't necessarily lead to a full relapse back into smoking," she added in a university news release.
The study was published Nov. 28 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review.
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