New challenges in tobacco surveillance: monitoring the prevalence of electronic cigarettes and hookah use in the United States – International Society for Disease Surveillance


Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT (18:00 – 19:00 GMT)


ISDS Research Committee


Mike Conway, MSc, PhD, Assistant Project Scientist, Family & Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego

Sharon Cummins, PhD, Assistant Professor, Family & Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego

Shu-Hong Zhu, PhD, Professor, Family & Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego


Since the 1990s tobacco control strategies — at least in the United States and some developed countries — have had considerable success in reducing the number of new smokers and encouraging existing smokers to quit through the creation of a regulatory infrastructure designed to monitor tobacco sales, limit advertising for tobacco products, and “denormalize” smoking in public places. However, since around 2007 the emergence of new, unregulated products like electronic cigarettes and hookah has posed considerable challenges to traditional tobacco control strategies, in particular with respect to monitoring the prevalence of these new products. In this webinar we will present an introduction to surveillance methods applied to emerging tobacco products using data derived from national probability samples and social media.

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Related Publications

Zhu S-H, Gamst A, Lee M, Cummins S, Yin L, and Zoref L. The use and perception of electronic cigarettes and snus among the U.S. population. PLoS One. 8; e79332 (2013).

Myslín M, Zhu S-H, Chapman W, and Conway M. Using twitter to examine smoking behavior and perceptions of emerging tobacco products. J Med Internet Res. 15; e174 (2013). 

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