Special Issue "Public Health Impacts of Exposure to Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substances Content on Social Media"

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Janni Leung
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Guest Editor
School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Brisbane QLD 4072, Australia
Interests: epidemiology; meta-analysis; cross-sectional studies; longitudinal studies; burden of disease; addiction; mental health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are calling for papers for a Special Issue titled “Public Health Impacts of Exposure to Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substances Content on Social Media” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Harmful products, like tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol, and other substances, are increasingly promoted and portrayed on social media platforms. In doing so, not only are industries subverting many existing legislations that ban the advertising of these products in a number of countries, but they are also largely targeting vulnerable populations, including children and adolescents, exposed to this contents on social media. 

This Special Issue will explore how industries, like the tobacco industry, promote their products online, and will aim to better understand the strategies that are employed. It will also explore how tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol, and other substances are portrayed online, and the implications of how this content may have an impact on the populations exposed to it. The Special Issue will also examine possible regulation models to limit exposure to this form of marketing and influence. Opportunities to use social media to develop innovative interventions and to advance public health measures that aim to control harmful products, and the impact of commercial interests are also discussed, and future research possibilities will be proposed

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Studies involving quantitative or qualitative approaches to exploring social media influences on attitudes and behaviors related to tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol, and other substance use in the populations exposed.
  • Promotions and intervention (especially prevention and policy) studies incorporating social media so as to reduce the potential harm of online exposure to substance use content.

We would like to invite papers related to these topics for this Special Issue, which we hope will discuss the public health implications of the increasing tobacco, alcohol, and other substances related content on social media.

Dr. Janni Leung
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • data science
  • health informatics
  • health promotion
  • health policy
  • public health
  • social media
  • social media intervention

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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