The cigar ambassador: How Snoop Dogg uses Instagram to promote tobacco use

  • Richardson A
  • Ganz O
  • Vallone D
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Abstract

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, otherwise known as Snoop Dogg, and now Snoop Lion, is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and is a self-described “savvy adapter of new technology” whose “stronghold over the various social networking platforms makes him more accessible than ever.”1 His influence in cyberspace is evident in his 23+ million likes on Facebook, 10+ million Twitter followers and over 350 000 {YouTube} subscribers. He has also acquired more than 1.6 million followers on Instagram, a photo-sharing app recently acquired by Facebook,2 where 90 million monthly users upload 40 million photos per day. Beyond promotion of his artistic endeavours, Snoop Dogg is using social {media—Instagram}, in particular—to promote cigars

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  • Amanda Richardson

  • Ollie Ganz

  • Donna Vallone

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