Health Topic: Tobacco & E-Cigarettes
Weekly Report: June 24 - June 30, 2019
Weekly Insights
San Francisco passes a ban on e-cigarette sales
All five of the top trending stories related to tobacco and e-cigarettes were dominated by the news of San Francisco being the first U.S. city to impose a ban on all e-cigarette sales within city limits. The ordinance prohibits sales and distribution of electronic cigarettes, unless the product has undergone premarket review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sales in brick-and-mortar stores, online sales shipped to a San Francisco address, and flavored tobacco products are included in the ban. However, vape use among individuals 21 and older remains legal. Comments varied, with some in support of the ban, while others criticized the move and expressed worry that it might eliminate a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes.
E-cigarettes and their uncertain health impacts
Several of the top tweets of the week expressed negative perceptions toward e-cigarette and tobacco products, and highlighted health concerns related to their use. One author in particular shared her story of developing oral cancer after 2 years of Juuling. The author used her platform to discuss her experience and the dangers of using e-cigarettes. Since e-cigarettes have been in the US market for a relatively short period of time, an evidence base conclusively linking negative health outcomes to e-cigarette use has yet to be established. Many comments questioned the validity of her experience, refuting her claim that e-cigarette use can carry such consequences. With the evidence base still growing, there is both a general lack of awareness and information about e-cigarettes, allowing conjecture, much from individuals who are not subject matter experts, to impact and dominate public discourse.

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Tobacco & E-Cigarette Products in conversation
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Most Influential Authors
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2 CNN
3 New York Times
4 CNN Breaking News
5 Forbes
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