Saturday September 21, 2019

Tweets Indicate Nicotine Addiction, Withdrawal Symptoms of JUUL Users

Many news stories have reported that people are using JUUL and experiencing what sound like acute effects of nicotine exposure and symptoms

0
//
Tweets, JUUL, Addiction
The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, reveals that one out of every five tweets mentioning JUUL identified for the analysis also referenced addiction-related themes. Pixabay

As e-cigarette brand JUUL continues to climb in popularity among users of all ages, researchers took a unique approach to analysing its impact by using Twitter to investigate any mention of nicotine effects, symptoms of dependence and withdrawal in regards to its use.

The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, reveals that one out of every five tweets mentioning JUUL identified for the analysis also referenced addiction-related themes.

“Many news stories have reported that people are using JUUL and experiencing what sound like acute effects of nicotine exposure and symptoms of dependence,” said study lead author Jaime Sidani from University of Pittsburgh.

“We turned to Twitter to gather real-time data on what people are sharing about their JUUL use,” Sidani said.

Tweets, JUUL, Addiction
As e-cigarette brand JUUL continues to climb in popularity among users of all ages, researchers took a unique approach to analysing its impact by using Twitter to investigate any mention. Pixabay

To complete the study, the research team created search filters within Twitter’s Filtered Streams interface to collect data on all available tweets matching the terms “juul,” “juuls” and “juuling,” as well as their hashtag equivalents between April 11, 2018, and June 16, 2018.

After additional narrowing of search results by implementing specific keywords, excluding commercial content and ensuring the tweets were in first-person context, a final data set of 1,986 tweets remained for final analysis by two independent coders.

Of these tweets, 21.1 per cent were coded as being related to dependence (335 tweets), nicotine effects (189 tweets), quitting JUUL or withdrawal or both (42 tweets).

According to the researchers, these findings are not surprising when considering the powerful dose of nicotine that JUUL provides.

Also Read- BEST, Mumbai’s Public Bus Services, Further Reduces its Carbon Footprints by Inducting 10 Swank Electric Buses

In addition, JUUL uses a nicotine salt formula, which is designed to increase the rate of absorption and create a more palatable vapor, making JUUL a more appealing option compared to other modes of nicotine delivery. (IANS)

Next Story

Micro-blogging Platform Twitter to Soon Explain Why Certain Tweets are Unavailable

Most of the tweets that go unavailable are likely from accounts with protected tweets, he said

0
TWitter
The logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. vOA

You will soon be able to know why certain tweets go unavailable in your conversation thread on Twitter. The micro-blogging platform is working on to “add context” to “this tweet is unavailable” notices.

“We’re fixing the issue where you see so many ‘This Tweet is unavailable’ notices in conversations. This is usually due to deleted or protected Tweets, or muted keywords,” Twitter Support posted on Friday.

“In a few weeks, you’ll start seeing more context on each notice to help explain why Tweets are unavailable,” the company added.

There are several reasons why a tweet in a conversation thread is unavailable, like policy violation, deleted because of certain specific keywords present or muted by a user.

Twitter, India, Smartphone
Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

Kayvon Beykpour, Product Lead at Twitter, said: “We’re going through and overhauling every place where the product says ‘tweet is unavailable’ to be more transparent about what’s actually happening”.

Most of the tweets that go unavailable are likely from accounts with protected tweets, he said.

Also Read: Apple Users are Replacing iPhones with Samsung: Report

“The fact that the ‘unavailable’ message is showing with a placeholder row is recently changed behaviour (as result of a different change) that is confusing. They should be hidden,” Beykpour added. (IANS)