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Am J Health Behav. 2003 Jan-Feb;27(1):25-34.

Tobacco coverage in popular magazines: 1996-1999.

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  • 1Department of Health Promotion, College of Health Professions, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA. John.Sciacca@nau.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the extent of coverage of tobacco topics, as compared to coverage of health and nonhealth topics, in "general interest" and "health" magazines.

METHODS:

Lead articles and fillers published from 1996 through 1999 in 9 widely circulated magazines were studied.

RESULTS:

Less than 1% of all articles and fillers on health topics focused on tobacco topics. A smaller proportion of tobacco articles and fillers, as compared to other health topics, was published in health magazines than in general interest magazines.

CONCLUSION:

Tobacco is covered less, compared to other health topics, especially in health magazines, than its importance warrants as a threat to health.

PMID:
12500949
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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