Public Reactions to the Cigarette Control Regulation on a Chinese Microblogging Platform: Empirical Analysis
Wen, Wanting1,2; Zhang, Zhu1,3; Li, Ziqiang1; Liang, Jiaqi1; Zhan, Yongcheng4; Zeng, Daniel D.1,2,3; Leischow, Scott J.5
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH
ISSN1438-8871
2020-04-27
Volume22Issue:4Pages:13
Corresponding AuthorWen, Wanting(wanting.wen@ia.ac.cn)
AbstractBackground: On January 1, 2019, a new regulation on the control of smoking in public places was officially implemented in Hangzhou, China On the day of the implementation, a large number of Chinese media reported the contents of the regulation on the microblog platform Weibo, causing a strong response from and heated discussion among netizens. Objective: This study aimed to conduct a content and network analysis to examine topics and patterns in the social media response to the new regulation. Methods: We analyzed all microblogs on Weibo that mentioned and explained the regulation in the first 8 days following the implementation. We conducted a content analysis on these microblogs and used social network visualization and descriptive statistics to identify key users and key microblogs. Results: Of 7924 microblogs, 12.85% (1018/7924) were in support of the smoking control regulation, 84.12% (6666/7924) were neutral, and 1.31% (104/7924) were opposed to the smoking regulation control. For the negative posts, the public had doubts about the intentions of the policy, its implementation, and the regulations on electronic cigarettes. In addition, 1.72% (136/7924) were irrelevant to the smoking regulation control. Among the 1043 users who explicitly expressed their positive or negative attitude toward the policy, a large proportion of users showed supportive attitudes (956/1043, 91.66%). A total of 5 topics and 11 subtopics were identified. Conclusions: This study used a content and network analysis to examine topics and patterns in the social media response to the new smoking regulation. We found that the number of posts with a positive attitude toward the regulation was considerably higher than that of the posts with a negative attitude toward the regulation. Our findings may assist public health policy makers to better understand the policy's intentions, scope, and potential effects on public interest and support evidence-based public health regulations in the future.
Keywordcigarette smoking regulations social media information networks
DOI10.2196/14660
WOS KeywordELECTRONIC CIGARETTES ; NETWORK ANALYSIS ; HEALTH ; TWITTER ; SMOKERS
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectMinistry of Science and Technology of China[2017YFC0820105] ; Ministry of Science and Technology of China[2016QY02D0305] ; Ministry of Health of China[2017ZX10303401-002] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)[71621002] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)[71974187] ; CAS[ZDRW-XH-2017-3] ; Research Foundation of SKL-MCCS for Young Scientists[20190212]
Funding OrganizationMinistry of Science and Technology of China ; Ministry of Health of China ; National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) ; CAS ; Research Foundation of SKL-MCCS for Young Scientists
WOS Research AreaHealth Care Sciences & Services ; Medical Informatics
WOS SubjectHealth Care Sciences & Services ; Medical Informatics
WOS IDWOS:000528775900001
PublisherJMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.ia.ac.cn/handle/173211/39392
Collection复杂系统管理与控制国家重点实验室_互联网大数据与信息安全
Corresponding AuthorWen, Wanting
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Automat, State Key Lab Management & Control Complex Syst, 95 Zhongguancun East Rd, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Sch Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Shenzhen Artificial Intelligence & Data Sci Inst, Shenzhen, Peoples R China
4.Calif Polytech State Univ San Luis Obispo, Orfalea Coll Business, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 USA
5.Arizona State Univ, Coll Hlth Solut, Phoenix, AZ USA
First Author AffilicationInstitute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Corresponding Author AffilicationInstitute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Wen, Wanting,Zhang, Zhu,Li, Ziqiang,et al. Public Reactions to the Cigarette Control Regulation on a Chinese Microblogging Platform: Empirical Analysis[J]. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH,2020,22(4):13.
APA Wen, Wanting.,Zhang, Zhu.,Li, Ziqiang.,Liang, Jiaqi.,Zhan, Yongcheng.,...&Leischow, Scott J..(2020).Public Reactions to the Cigarette Control Regulation on a Chinese Microblogging Platform: Empirical Analysis.JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH,22(4),13.
MLA Wen, Wanting,et al."Public Reactions to the Cigarette Control Regulation on a Chinese Microblogging Platform: Empirical Analysis".JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH 22.4(2020):13.
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