According to a study published on Monday, almost half of people who attended Juul Labs Inc. on Twitter last year were not as old as buying legitimate electronic cigarettes in the United States.
According to a study published online at JAMA pediatrics, in April 2018, researchers analyzed the data collected on the Juul twitter account public followers with at least one public tweet. About 45% of those attending Juulin were 13 to 17 years old.
Only 19% of Juul’s followers were at least 21. These findings more than a year ago can not reflect what is happening in social media today.
The study was not a controlled experiment to prove whether or how Juul’s passage directly affects the noisy habits. Other research has linked the teenager by adding an increased risk of smoking.
In a statement, Juul said he had questions about the study methodology, which he said “varies a lot” from Twitter’s disclosures that have been made available to the company. Juul also said that during the study period she “proactively manually blocked juvenile users from Twitter tracking.”
The company said it ran a data analysis from Twitter’s back data that found users between the ages of 13 and 17, consisting of 3.9% of Juul’s followers in May 2018.
Juul said, “We do everything we can to prevent young people from engaging in our Twitter company.”
Manufacturer of Marlboro Altria Group bought a 35 percent stake in Juul for $ 12.8 billion in December.
As of May 17, fourteen US states have increased the age of tobacco sales at 21, along with at least 470 settlements, according to the campaign for non-smokers.
The FDA in March proposed new rules on age verification for retail sale and the sale of electronic cigarettes in flavor, such as mangoes and cucumbers, appealing mainly to juveniles.
Juul has said he intends that her products be a substitute for smoking adults. She said in November that channels on Instagram and Facebook were closed and that she would bring lots of popular teens in stores.
The number of tweets about Juul rose dramatically from 2015 to 2017, which corresponds to a sharp increase in Juul retail sales, the researchers reported at JAMA Pediatrics.
“When adolescents are exposed to tobacco marketing, they are more likely to have a positive brand trend, more favorable smoking habits and greater perceptions than smoking is normative,” said the study’s author lead Annice Kim of RTI International in Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Last year, about 3.8 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes from 2.1 million in 2017, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Vaping generally contains less toxic chemicals than harmful chemicals in smoke from combustible cigarettes,” said Jon-Patrick Allem, a Cigarette Researcher at the Keck School of Medicine at Southern California University in Los Angeles.
“However, quenching is not harmless,” said Allem, who was not involved in the Pediatric JAMA study. Allem said e-cigarettes were found to contain harmful substances including nicotine, lead metals and cancer-causing agents./Investing.com