According to a study, hashtags like #hookah or #shisha used on social media promote the use of hookahs, despite their serious health risks. A team of researchers from Florida International University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Miami, the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies and the University of Pittsburgh voted within four
given the recent increase in smoking of hookahs among teenagers and students Days 279 posts from 11,517 posts marked #hookah or #shisha. Lies: Doctors warn that hookah is far more carcinogenic than cigarettes
Of the reviewed shisha-related posts:
-99.6 percent showed positive feelings about the use of hookahs
-Only a contribution (0.4 percent) mentioned negative health effects associated with the use of water pipes
-63.8 percent were encouraging in nature
The authors wrote: "A growing There is ample evidence that hookah smoking can lead to nicotine dependence and many other known smoking disorders such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease."
The researchers also noted found that 10 percent of all posts used the hashtag #HookahAddiction This indicates that nicotine addiction is not perceived as a health risk that deters potential users, but is referred to ironically or as a "badge of honor".
Researchers commented on policymakers and others sought to examine approaches to reducing the number of advertising mailings, for example by developing campaigns to market positive topics presented on social media. Read: Is water pipe less harmful than a cigarette?
"This study represents an important step in identifying topics on Instagram and demonstrates the value of using data from this social platform to complement and expand our data understanding of health behaviors," authors Ben Taleb et al. "These findings may influence the design of future tobacco control campaigns that counteract the normalization of the use of water pipes in social media."  Source: ANI
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Released: June 29, 2018 13:42 | Updated: June 29, 2018 15:46