Monday January 20, 2020

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

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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.

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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)

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Here’s What Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar Suggests For Quitting Social Media Addiction

The filmmaker's thoughts remind us of a dialogue from the 2018 Bengali movie "Uma" directed by Srijit Mukherji

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On the work front, Shoojit Sircar has two movies releasing this year. Wikimedia Commons

At a time when mobile phones and social media addiction are becoming a matter of concern for most of us, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar suggests we should go for detox.

The “Piku” director feels at least when we at a party or a get together, we should try to refrain from clicking selfies and posting them on social media. Instead, we can try striking up a conversation.

Sircar expressed his thoughts on Twitter: “Next time you host a party or a get together, or a general addaa gup shup, ban mobile phones. Don’t let anyone. No selfies no social media just pure human to human gup shup. It’s bliss try it.”

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At a time when mobile phones and social media addiction are becoming a matter of concern for most of us, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar suggests we should go for detox. Wikimedia Commons

The filmmaker’s thoughts remind us of a dialogue from the 2018 Bengali movie “Uma” directed by Srijit Mukherji, where the father (played by Jisshu Sengupta) advises his daughter to stay away from the Internet. When the child protests, the father explains: “It’s neither water nor oxygen. Earlier, we had friends of flesh and blood, not virtual. We shared tiffin, not updates. We followed each other on bicycles, not on Twitter. We liked people and thoughts with our hearts, not clicks.”

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On the work front, Shoojit Sircar has two movies releasing this year. His family comedy drama “Gulabo Sitabo”, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, hits theatres on April 17, while the Vicky Kaushal-starrer biographical drama “Sardar Udham Singh” is slated for a Gandhi Jayanti release. (IANS)