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Am J Public Health. 2000 Mar;90(3):407-11.

Tobacco marketing and adolescent smoking: more support for a causal inference.

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  • 1Center for Survey Research, University of Massachusetts at Boston 02125, USA. lois.biener@umb.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This prospective study examined the effect of tobacco marketing on progression to established smoking.

METHODS:

Massachusetts adolescents (n = 529) who at baseline had smoked no more than 1 cigarette were reinterviewed by telephone in 1997. Analyses examined the effect of receptivity to tobacco marketing at baseline on progression to established smoking, controlling for significant covariates.

RESULTS:

Adolescents who, at baseline, owned a tobacco promotional item and named a brand whose advertisements attracted their attention were more than twice as likely to become established smokers (odds ratio = 2.70) than adolescents who did neither.

CONCLUSIONS:

Participation in tobacco marketing often precedes, and is likely to facilitate, progression to established smoking. Hence, restrictions on tobacco marketing and promotion could reduce addiction to tobacco.

PMID:
10705860
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PMCID:
PMC1446173
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