Gaining insights into the waterpipe tobacco industry: participant observation and a cross-sectional survey of products at a trade exhibition.


Jawad, M; Nakkash, RT; Hawkins, B; Akl, EA; (2015) Gaining insights into the waterpipe tobacco industry: participant observation and a cross-sectional survey of products at a trade exhibition. Nicotine & tobacco research. ISSN 1462-2203 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntv155

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Abstract

IntroductionThe rise in waterpipe tobacco smoking has been accompanied by the emergence of a diverse range of products, such as "herbal" waterpipe tobacco-substitutes and electronic waterpipes. The aims of this study were to assess the extent to which emerging waterpipe products are being developed by waterpipe tobacco companies themselves, to understand the key characteristics of the main market players and to examine the connections between producers of different product categories.MethodsIn 2014 one researcher attended an international waterpipe trade exhibition in Germany, conducting a survey of products at exhibition stands, and gathering qualitative data on exhibitors and products using participant observation. Cross-tabulations and chi-squared tests identified the association between waterpipe tobacco, waterpipe tobacco-substitutes, and electronic waterpipe products. We thematically analysed field notes into information about exhibitors and products.ResultsOf 97 exhibitors, 55 displayed waterpipe-related products. Of these, nearly half (45%) displayed electronic waterpipe products, 38% displayed waterpipe tobacco and 23% displayed waterpipe tobacco-substitutes. There was an inverse association between the display of waterpipe tobacco and electronic waterpipe products, and a positive association between the display of waterpipe tobacco and waterpipe tobacco-substitutes. We found that Japan Tobacco Inc, Philip Morris and British American Tobacco were partnered or affiliated with exhibitors displaying waterpipe-related products.ConclusionsElectronic waterpipe products were the main feature of this exhibition. Waterpipe tobacco-substitutes are likely to be produced by the waterpipe tobacco industry whereas electronic waterpipes are not. There is a developing interest in waterpipe-related products by transnational tobacco corporations. Further industry surveillance is warranted.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
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PubMed ID: 26175460
Web of Science ID: 376350700052
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2242017

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