E-cigarettes, also known as vaping pens or e-hookas, are commonly advertised on Twitter and the tweets often link to commercial websites promoting e-cig use, according to University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.
[Photo: Dr. Jidong Huang]
The study, published as a special supplement in the July issue of Tobacco Control released online June 16, has implications for future FDA regulations on the marketing of e-cigarettes and related products.
Dr. Jidong Huang, senior research scientist at UIC’s Institute for Health Research and Policy
“There is this whole wild west of social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – and the FDA has no way to track what is happening in those platforms,” said Dr. Jidong Huang, senior research scientist at UIC’s Institute for Health Research and Policy and lead author of the study.