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dc.contributor.authorBorland, Ron-
dc.contributor.authorFong, Geoffrey T-
dc.contributor.authorYong, Hua-Hie-
dc.contributor.authorCummings, K Michael-
dc.contributor.authorHammond, David-
dc.contributor.authorKing, Bill-
dc.contributor.authorSiahpush, Mohammad-
dc.contributor.authorMcNeill, Ann-
dc.contributor.authorHastings, Gerard-
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Richard J-
dc.contributor.authorElton-Marshall, Tara-
dc.contributor.authorZanna, Mark P-
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-15T00:14:19Z-
dc.date.available2017-07-15T00:14:19Z-
dc.date.issued2008-08-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/1881-
dc.description.abstractAim: This paper reports findings of an evaluation that examined how beliefs of smokers in the United Kingdom (UK) were affected by the removal of light and mild brand descriptors which came into effect on September 30, 2003 for Member States of the European Union (EU). Participants: The data come from the first 4 waves (2002-2005) of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation (ITC) 4 Country Survey, an annual cohort telephone survey of adult smokers in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, and Australia (15450 individual cases). Design: The UK ban on misleading descriptors occurred around the 2nd wave of data collection in the ITC survey, permitting us to compare beliefs about light cigarettes among adult smokers in the UK both before and after the ban, with beliefs in three other countries unaffected by the ban. Results: The findings reveal that high levels of misperceptions about light cigarettes existed among smokers in all four countries before and after the EU ban took effect. There was a substantial decline in reported beliefs about the benefits of Lights in the UK following the policy change and an associated public information campaign, but by 2006 (i.e., Wave 4), these beliefs rebounded slightly and the change in beliefs was no greater than in the United States, where there was no policy change. Conclusion: We cannot conclude that the policy which required removal of the misleading labels has been effective in changing beliefs about light cigarettes. What seems apparent is that efforts to correct decades of consumer misperceptions about light cigarettes will require more than simply removing brand descriptors.en_UK
dc.language.isoen-
dc.publisherBMJ Publishing Group-
dc.relationBorland R, Fong GT, Yong H, Cummings KM, Hammond D, King B, Siahpush M, McNeill A, Hastings G, O'Connor RJ, Elton-Marshall T & Zanna MP (2008) What happened to smokers' beliefs about light cigarettes when "light/mild" brand descriptors were banned in the UK? Findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Survey, Tobacco Control, 17 (4), pp. 256-262.-
dc.rightsPublished in Tobacco Control. Copyright: BMJ Publishing Group.; This article has been accepted for publication in TC following peer review. The definitive copyedited, typeset version, Tobacco Control, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp. 256 - 262, is available online at: http://tc.bmjjournals.com/-
dc.subjectsmokingen_UK
dc.subjectUKen_UK
dc.subjectlight/mild beliefsen_UK
dc.subjectmisconceptionsen_UK
dc.subjectdescriptor banen_UK
dc.subjectmisleading termsen_UK
dc.subjectEuropean Unionen_UK
dc.subjectInternational Tobacco Controlen_UK
dc.subject.lcshTobacco use Prevention-
dc.subject.lcshPublic health-
dc.subject.lcshSmoking prevention & control-
dc.subject.lcshSmoking Cessation-
dc.titleWhat happened to smokers' beliefs about light cigarettes when "light/mild" brand descriptors were banned in the UK? Findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Surveyen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/tc.2007.023812-
dc.identifier.pmid18426868-
dc.citation.jtitleTobacco Control-
dc.citation.issn0964-4563-
dc.citation.volume17-
dc.citation.issue4-
dc.citation.spage256-
dc.citation.epage262-
dc.citation.publicationstatusPublished-
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereed-
dc.type.statusPost-print (author final draft post-refereeing)-
dc.citation.date21/04/2008-
dc.contributor.affiliationCancer Council Victoria-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Waterloo-
dc.contributor.affiliationCancer Council Victoria-
dc.contributor.affiliationRoswell Park Cancer Institute-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Waterloo-
dc.contributor.affiliationCancer Council Victoria-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Nebraska Medical Center-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Nottingham-
dc.contributor.affiliationInstitute for Social Marketing-
dc.contributor.affiliationRoswell Park Cancer Institute-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Waterloo-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Waterloo-
dc.identifier.isi000257885500015-
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