Researchers take to Twitter to hear vaping concerns amidst COVID-19

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The team at USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) has made it their mission to investigate the use, and understand the health effects, of e-cigarettes for the last 7 years. As COVID-19 hits with a vengeance at a time when vaping is as popular as ever, the team naturally wondered if others are as […]

Health expert uses an unlikely source — pop culture — to learn what matters to you

Jon-Patrick Allem uses information from Google searches and social media posts to generate research that brings about change A Leonardo DiCaprio remark at the Academy Awards on climate change goes viral. An emotionally charged drama about teen suicide becomes one of the year’s most talked-about shows on social media. And a popular new app has […]

Instagram documents rising hookah use

Research study examines the social contexts of hookah use Social media is giving researchers insight into the rising use of hookah, according to a study out of USC’s Department of Preventive Medicine. Hookah, smoked through a water pipe and also known as shisha, has harmful health effects similar to cigarettes. But as cigarette use declined between […]