Rikke Tokle

Rikke Tokle
Norwegian Social Research (NOVA)

PhD

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Introduction
Rikke Tokle is a sociologist and researcher at the Norwegian social welfare institute, NOVA. Her current studies focuses on substance use, sexuality and youth' sexual culture. Tokle is interested in qualitative methods and theoretical lenses linked to cultural sociology. Her previous research includes qualitative and quantitative longitudinal studies of youth and alcohol use, the changing tobacco and cannabis landscape, as well as exploratory studies of the evolving vaping (sub)culture.
Additional affiliations
August 2016 - July 2021
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
August 2016 - May 2021
University of Oslo
Field of study
  • Sociology
August 2008 - August 2010
University of Oslo
Field of study
  • Sociology

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Publications (21)
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The use of e‐cigarettes is increasing, a practice denoted as vaping. We explore user motives, self‐identity as vapers and involvement in vaping subcultures, drawing on sociological theory of stigma, subcultures and symbolic boundaries. Based on analyses of semi‐structured interviews with 30 Norwegian vapers, we find that there is a vaping subcultur...
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Framed both as a solution to and as an additional part of the tobacco problem, e-cigarettes have been the subject of risk controversies since they were launched in 2006, followed by massive divergence in media, public health approaches and regulations across the world. This study explores vapers' risk perceptions and accounts of the public risk com...
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Background We see the contours of a cigarette-free adolescent cohort in Norway. Simultaneously, increasing use of vaping devices among adolescents internationally, and in the US in particular, has evoked fear of a new nicotine-addicted generation. This longitudinal study explores the vaping phenomenon in a context where nicotine e-liquid is still p...
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This article explores the evolving meaning of cannabis use in adolescence. Based on longitudinal qualitative data from 50 focus-group and 175 individual interviews with young Norwegians, followed from the ages of 12–13 years to 16–17 years, the analysis shows how representations, opinions and use of cannabis gradually evolve. When first interviewed...
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Introduction: Although adolescents’ nicotine addiction from e-cigarettes is a concern, few studies differentiate between vaping with and without nicotine. This study examines the prevalence of nicotine and nicotine-free vaping, maps transitions between vaping behaviors, and assesses dif�ferences in the personal characteristics of vapers in a sampl...
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New tobacco and nicotine products have emerged on the market in recent years. Most research has concerned only one product at a time, usually e-cigarettes, while little is known about the multiple use of tobacco and nicotine products among adolescents. We examined single, dual, and triple use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and snus among Nordic adole...
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Recent years have seen a growing public debate concerning the political regulation of cannabis products, substantiated by a multitude of competing narratives about the effects of various policies. However, little is known about how these ongoing discussions influence the meaning-making of cannabis use within wider contemporary youth cultures. Based...
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Background In a context where snus is a legal product, its advertising is prohibited and its prevalence of use has been on the rise among adolescents and young adults, the aim of this paper is to identify the extent of snus coverage in Norwegian newspapers and the themes and values communicated about snus therein from 2002 to 2011. Data and method...
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Initiation of alcohol use often takes place in adolescence. This longitudinal study explores adolescents’ alcohol use by highlighting mediators in their network that either hinder or facilitate alcohol consumption. Qualitative individual interviews were conducted with 75 adolescents (age 15–16) during their final year of lower secondary school (LSS...
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The e-cigarette has made the contemporary nicotine and tobacco landscape more complex. The use of e-cigarettes, called vaping, was initially promoted to help people stop smoking, however, is currently also associated with alternative user motives, attractiveness to young people, split-risk approaches and divergent legislation. In this dissertation,...
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Introduction and Aims In many countries, adolescents' drinking has decreased substantially over recent years. This study aims to explore Norwegian adolescents' accounts of refraining from drinking alcohol and how their explanations are contextualised. Design and Methods Semi‐structured qualitative interviews were conducted with 95 adolescents aged...
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Purpose The M onitoring Y oung Life styles (MyLife) project was initiated as an integrated quantitative and qualitative prospective investigation of correlates, causes, and consequences of adolescent substance use and other addictive behaviours in Norway. Participants The MyLife cohort was recruited from middle schools in Norway, which were select...
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Objectives:: There is limited research on combined use of cigarettes, snus and e-cigarettes in the Nordic countries. This study will investigate whether this pattern of use occurs among adolescents in Norway. In addition, we will investigate the association between combined use of several tobacco products, e-cigarettes and socio-demographic and psy...
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Aims: Exposure to smoking scenes in films is seen as contributing to smoking initiation among young people. This has triggered calls to include depictions of smoking as a criterion in film ratings. All the same time, little is known about how adolescents interpret different smoking scenes. This study analyses how young people decode smoking scenes...
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Background: Although the prevalence of daily smokers are decreasing and there are signs of increasing stigma attached to smoking, occasional smoking rates have remained surprisingly stable. The increasing proportion of smokers who do not smoke daily emphasize the importance of understanding the reasoning behind this pattern of smoking. We explored...
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Antologien belyser røykeres erfaringer med denormaliseringsstrategier i tobakkspolitikken, ut fra deres situasjon, sosiale posisjon og perspektiv. Bidragene illustrerer ulike aspekter ved det å bruke et helsefarlig produkt som i tiltakende grad oppfattes som sosialt uakseptabelt, og som er omgitt med stadig strengere regulering. Spørsmål som belyse...
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The project will investigate how young people negotiate, experience and handle issues related to sexuality, sexual health and risk - in light of contemporary youth culture, and wider social and societal conditions. https://www.oslomet.no/en/research/research-projects/sexuality-youth
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The aim of this PhD-project was to unpack the vaping phenomenon with an analytical focus on the culture of vaping and social meaning of e-cigarettes in Norway. The project highlighted processes of meaning making and user patterns among adult vapers who have experienced the shifting status of smoking in society and adolescents growing up in the post-smoking era.
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This prospective longitudinal study aims to investigate the nature and extent of substance use and addictive behaviors in a large sample of adolescents in Norway. Specifically, the study aims to identify and investigate the causes and consequences -- both the short- and long-term -- of such behaviors over time.