Reduced harm or another gateway to smoking Source, message, and information characteristics of E-cigarette videos on YouTube

  • Paek H
  • Kim S
  • Hove T
 et al. 
  • 76


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 53


    Citations of this article.


E-cigarettes are widely promoted on the Internet, but little is known about what kinds of information about them are available online. This study examines message, source, and health information characteristics of e-cigarette videos on the popular online video-sharing platform YouTube. A content analysis of 365 e-cigarette videos indicates that 85% of the videos were sponsored by marketers. These videos highlight e-cigarettes' economic and social benefits, featuring a low level of fear appeal and negative message valence and a high level of marketing information about e-cigarette products. They also convey certain health claims that have been proscribed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the prevalence of which warrants ongoing monitoring and regulatory guidelines for online e-cigarette marketing.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Hye Jin Paek

  • Sookyong Kim

  • Thomas Hove

  • Jung Yoon Huh

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free