Effectiveness of tobacco control television advertising in changing tobacco use in England: a population-based cross-sectional study

Michelle Sims, Ruth Salway, Tessa Langley, Sarah Lewis, Ann McNeill, Lisa Szatkowski, Anna B Gilmore

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Abstract

AIM: To examine whether government-funded tobacco control television advertising shown in England between 2002 and 2010 reduced adult smoking prevalence and cigarette consumption.

DESIGN: Analysis of monthly cross-sectional surveys using generalised additive models.

SETTING: England.

PARTICIPANTS: More than 80 000 adults aged 18 years or over living in England and interviewed in the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey.

MEASUREMENTS: Current smoking status, smokers' daily cigarette consumption, tobacco control gross rating points (GRPs-a measure of per capita advertising exposure combining reach and frequency), cigarette costliness, tobacco control activity, socio-demographic variables.

FINDINGS: After adjusting for other tobacco control policies, cigarette costliness and individual characteristics, we found that a 400-point increase in tobacco control GRPs per month, equivalent to all adults in the population seeing four advertisements per month (although actual individual-level exposure varies according to TV exposure), was associated with 3% lower odds of smoking 2 months later [odds ratio (OR) = 0.97, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.95, 0.999] and accounted for 13.5% of the decline in smoking prevalence seen over this period. In smokers, a 400-point increase in GRPs was associated with a 1.80% (95%CI = 0.47, 3.11) reduction in average cigarette consumption in the following month and accounted for 11.2% of the total decline in consumption over the period 2002-09.

CONCLUSION: Government-funded tobacco control television advertising shown in England between 2002 and 2010 was associated with reductions in smoking prevalence and smokers' cigarette consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)986-94
Number of pages9
JournalAddiction
Volume109
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

Bibliographical note

© 2014 The Authors. Addiction published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Society for the Study of Addiction.

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Advertising
  • Aged
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • England
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Life Style
  • Middle Aged
  • Program Evaluation
  • Smoking/epidemiology
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Television
  • Young Adult

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