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J Health Commun. 2000 Apr-Jun;5(2):161-74.

Cigarette advertising to counter New Year's resolutions.

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Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. mbasil@du.edu

Abstract

One process through which tobacco advertising may work is by reducing rates of quitting. Theories of addiction support the notion that relapse can be prompted by environmental cues. Further, because withdrawal symptoms occur over a predictable time frame, and because the most popular time to quit smoking is the beginning of the year, as a New Year's resolution, tobacco companies can make use of advertising to remind quitters of their need to smoke. Study 1 examined advertising in 10 popular magazines. It found a higher number of ads in January and February than the rest of the year after 1984. Study 2 examined cigarette advertising on the back cover of 10 other popular magazines. This study also found a higher rate of cigarette advertisements in January and February than for the rest of the year. The results suggest that cigarette marketers may be attempting to preempt quitting by cuing smoking behavior.

PMID:
11010347
DOI:
10.1080/108107300406875
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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