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Psychol Health Med. 2013;18(5):552-7. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2013.793366. Epub 2013 May 10.

How soon they forget: changes to beliefs after learning about tobacco.

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a Psychology , University at Buffalo, The State University of New York , Buffalo , NY , USA .


University students' beliefs about tobacco and nicotine were assessed before an educational intervention aimed at correcting tobacco-related misinformation. Beliefs were again measured immediately after the intervention, and then again after a 2-, 4-, 6-, or 8-week retention interval. Initially, participants showed significantly more accurate beliefs about tobacco than pre-intervention, but this improvement decreased after the retention interval. Results suggest that methods currently used in an attempt to alleviate tobacco misinformation in the public may be effective for short-term, but not long-term retention. The current study accents the need to design tobacco programs that optimize retention of belief change so that people may use that knowledge confidently in future health-related decisions.

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