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Contextualising the 2019 E-Cigarette Health Scare: Insights from Twitter

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Ahmed W, Marin-Gomez X & Vidal-Alaball J (2020) Contextualising the 2019 E-Cigarette Health Scare: Insights from Twitter. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (7), Art. No.: 2236. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072236

Abstract
A health scare can be described as a campaign that attempts to alert the public of a particular substance or activity that can lead to a negative effect on health. A recent health scare to emerge relates to the health hazards associated with the use of e-cigarettes, which has caused widespread debate, which peaked towards the end of 2019. Health scares need to be studied in the context in which they occur, and one method of studying them is through social media. This paper identifies two key topics of discussion on Twitter, which consisted of pro-vaping and anti-vaping views. The paper then identifies influential users, frequently occurring words, hashtags, and websites related to this time period in order to gain insight into e-cigarette perceptions. The paper then reviews current scientific evidence and develops a flowchart for the general public, which can be used to for public reassurance and guidance

Keywords
electronic nicotine delivery systems; social media; smoking; twitter

Journal
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Volume 17, Issue 7

StatusPublished
FundersNewcastle University
Publication date30/04/2020
Publication date online26/03/2020
Date accepted by journal26/03/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/33417
PublisherMDPI AG
eISSN1660-4601

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Dr Wasim Ahmed
Dr Wasim Ahmed

Senior Lecturer in Digital Business, Management, Work and Organisation